Precision agriculture has become a much more popular production management on many farms in Canada. One of the newer precision technologies in the marketplace is precision irrigation. The idea is very similar to other variable rate technologies which allow for the prescription applications of inputs. In this case its about applying water to your crop by variable rate based on topography and soil type.
At Ag-Expo in Lethbridge, RealAgriculture.com talked to Brian Slomp, Oliver Irrigation about the benefits and uses of variable rate irrigation systems. There is a definite fit with high value speciality crops like potatoes and sugar beets but with rising commodity prices there is more opportunities in wheat, corn soybeans and corn.
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