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Technology helps farmers decide how to best use limited water

CropMetrics PDS Ian deWaal from northwest Kansas explains how CropMetrics precision irrigation improved corn yields by 15 bushels and saved 6″ of water by less application using a combination of VRI and soil moisture probes. “The neat thing is we’re not wasting water with overirrigation and runoff,” deWaal says. “But the main benefit is keeping […]

CropMetrics Launches New Irrigation Data Technology

Prices are down yet input costs remain high. Profit management has become increasingly important for every grower. But there are variables in agriculture which we cannot control that cause never-ending challenges to this ever important task. This is especially true when the largest yield limiting factor, water, or the lack of water, is vastly controlled by weather. At […]

CropMetrics, DTN Announce Collaboration On Weather, Irrigation Data

CropMetrics and DTN/The Progressive Farmer announced a collaboration that will bring instant weather and irrigation scheduling information to growers. Providing the expertise and innovation from each company, the new collaboration will enable growers with real-time, site specific weather and crop modeling information dedicated to helping improve grower’s irrigation management decisions. The new program will be delivered […]

Four programs become one

Farmers who have incorporated technology into their operations take advantage of information about weather, crop modeling, soil moisture or pivot readings. Change that “or” to “and.” CropMetrics’ founder Nick Emanuel and his team have developed a new data analytics software package that combines weather, crop modeling, soil moisture and pivot information, “to give more accurate […]

Variable-rate water

Given today’s technology that permits variable-rate seeding plus fertilizer and herbicide application, it would seem that there is only one variable left – water. That’s kind of the way Roric Paulman looks at it, too. Of the nearly 7,000 acres Paulman farms south of the Platte River near Sutherland, nearly 6,000 acres are devoted to […]

T-L Adds Web Based Irrigation Management Tool

Precision Link from T-L Irrigation and AgSense LLC delivers full remote pivot control and monitoring capabilities. T-L Irrigation Co., manufacturer of hydrostatically powered pivot and linear irrigation systems, announces the Precisi on Link, the latest advancement in web based irrigation management from T-L’s family of pivot management systems. Developed by AgSense, LLC and T-L, the […]

Irrigator Innovator | Young Nebraska Farmer Pushes Variable-Rate Irrigation Forward

A young farmer from eastern Nebraska is pushing irrigation management to a new level of precision. Nick Emanuel, founder and president of CropMetrics, is a leader in variable rate irrigation management. The innovations he developed on his fa rm are helping growers match water application rates to soil type, conserving water and reducing yield variability. […]

Prescribe Your Water | Variable-Rate Irrigation Applies Rates by Soil Type, Topography, Yield goals

Tim Schmeeckle is learning to grow corn with less water. Precision-irrigation management is helping him and other farmers apply the right amount of water on every part of the field. Variable-rate irrigation (VRI) adjusts water application dept h for differences in soil water-holding capacity, topography and yield potential. The goal is to boost crop production […]

CropMetrics Spatial Water Optimization Technology Demonstrates Higher Crop Yields

Development of the center pivot irrigation system was driven in large part by growers’ desire to distribute water uniformly across their fields. But armed with more information about soil density, topography, and crop yields, some farmers are abandoning the uniformity approach and instead embracing technology that enables them to more precisely meet site-specific water needs. […]

University of California’s First Center Pivot Irrigation System to Be Dedicated Next Month

In a sign of changing times in California agriculture, the University of California will dedicate its first full-sized center pivot overhead irrigation system at the UC West Side Research and Extension Center during the Twilight Conservation Agri culture field day at 4 p.m. on Sept. 13. The center is at 17353 W. Oakland Ave. in […]

Experts Weigh In On The State Of Precision, Part 1

Growers, retailers, consultants and manufacturers are struggling to keep up with quickly evolving technology trends in agriculture. To help identify the top trends and most pressing needs in precision agriculture, we enlisted the opinions of key experts, giving them 400 words apiece to make their cases. Data collection, management and compatibility appeared most often, but […]

Precision Irrigation

Irrigation technology has come a long way in the past decade, and equipment designers and manufacturers aren’t done yet. Growers can expect to see continued advances, even to center pivot systems that already have the ability to achieve 80 to 85 percent water application efficiency when properly maintained. What kind of improvements can growers expect […]

Valley Irrigation and CropMetrics presented with 2011 Irrigation Association New Product Contest Award for Valley Variable Rate Irrigation (VRI) with CropMetrics VRI Optimization Service

January 5, 2012 VALLEY, Neb. (January 5, 2012) —Valley® Irrigation and CropMetrics™, a Valley Irrigation partner, were presented with the Irrigation Association New Product Contest Award in Agriculture at the 2011 Irrigation Association Show in San Diego, Calif., for Valley Variable Rate Irrigation (VRI) with CropMetrics VRI Optimization Service. This prestigious award acknowledges the highest […]

On the Doorsteps of the Information Age

Recent Adoption of Precision Agriculture David Schimmelpfennig and Robert Ebel The adoption of precision agriculture, which encompasses a suite of farm-level information technologies, can improve the efficiency of input use and reduce environmental harm from the overapplication of inputs such as fertilizer and pesticides. Still, the adoption of precision agricultural technologies and practices has been […]

Ag’s Greatest Challenge – 3

The Food Futurists TRUMAN, Minn. (DTN) — Satisfying the world’s demand for food goes far beyond farmers producing more per acre. There are countless complicated and interrelated factors that also play a hand in doubling production by 2050 — trade policy, infrastructure, politics, economics, education, technology and climate, to name a few. We posed questions […]