Taxes and Precision Irrigation: Simplified Schedules, Deep Roots and the VO Pro
Written By: Kimberly Kneifl
During the first quarter of each year, we are required at home to reflect upon last year’s profits and losses. In fact, this time of year is so important to the government that it has been given its very own season – tax season.
The IRS tax season opened January 19th and will run, in most states, until April 18th. In terms of seasonality, the IRS is correct. Our cold, long winters in the Midwestern Corn Belt last roughly 89 days. As working individuals, we have just a little over that amount – 91 days – to reflect, organize and file.
While filing taxes has the potential to be an arduous process, the fundamentals behind managing personal finances and end-of-the-year reporting, is similar to maintaining a soil water budget. Both rely on system inputs and well as outputs. With regard to taxes, inputs such as income and investments are stacked against the outputs, such as property and business expenses to formalize the end result of last year’s economics.
Managing a soil water budget is one of the basic components to address in the precision agriculture process. The success of a crop and healthy profits, rely heavily on managing irrigation inputs and outputs. The supply and demand of water is the basic economic variable that affects all other decisions a grower will make throughout the season. According to the book, Soil Science Simplified:
“Water in the soil influences the timing of many farming operations, such as when to till, when to plant, and when and how to apply herbicides and/or fertilizers. Soil water influences the choice of crops to be grown…To effectively manage available water resources, it is important to understand the process of water movement in soils and uptake by plants.”
The inputs, outputs and potential savings of the water resources of each operation can be scheduled. Just as taxes have forms and different schedules to enter financial information, CropMetrics offers the VO Pro, an integrated systems approach to managing irrigations to enable growers to maximize their water efficiency, increase their profitability, and conserve their natural resources.
CropMetrics, unlike the IRS, leaves the headache out of the equation. Growers can manage and budget all of their irrigation options with the ease of the cloud-based VO Pro.
For growers looking to increase their profitability through precision irrigation, CropMetrics offers simplified virtual forms, such as the one illustrated below.
CropMetrics offers a dropdown field where the specific Variety can be selected by the grower. Currently, CropMetrics works with brands that adhere to the growing concerns of limited water resources.
DEKALB® offers specific hybrids created to combat low soil moisture holding capacity due to drought or poor soils, such as clay pans.
“Root systems are very critical in all soils, but especially in clay-based soils. Without a good deep root system, you’re really going to suffer in less than optimal conditions.”
By using CropMetrics precision irrigation schedules to begin the crop modeling process, growers can take one step in the direction of accounting for all of their operational inputs in one simplified system. With agriculture there are always outputs: runoff, percolation and evaporation. But by managing the inputs by using the CropMetrics VO Pro along with other quality inputs – such as seed varieties with enhanced root growth potential – growers are capable to see a savings.
Let CropMetrics take the difficulty out of the equation. For more information, please contact your local CropMetrics PDS today.