Every year, North American farmers adopt more technology, enabling precision, efficiency and, in some cases, more holiday time. Even those with intensive management systems can control and monitor some of the operation from a distance. This is certainly becoming the case with irrigation systems, with a few apps and precision technologies now competing on the marketplace.
Zimmatic by Lindsay, for example, offers a web-based pivot control system called Fieldnet that allows users to monitor and adjust pivots from afar via their smart device or computer. Zimmatic also offers precision variable rate irrigation (VRI) where a VRI controller reads a plan specific to the field in question and sends a message to wireless nodes along the pivot. The nodes then control whether any given sprinkler — controlled by a magnetic latching solenoid valve — should turn on, turn off or pulsate.
In this episode of the TechTour, Shaun Haney speaks to Colin Friesen of Zimmatic for a better understanding of these technologies.