The Trimble Irrigate-IQ precision irrigation solution is now available in North America, along with the Connected Farm Irrigate app, which provides farmers with real-time status and control of their pivot irrigation systems using a smartphone or tablet.
The Irrigate-IQ GPS-controlled solution, which is installed on the pivot, enables farmers to remotely control their irrigators via the Internet, including performing variable rate irrigation, and receive reports about where water or fertilizer has been applied. Farmers can apply the optimal amount of water, fertigation or effluent where needed.
The solution enables farmers to conserve water use and improve efficiency, reduce energy costs for fuel and electricity, minimize input costs, comply with environmental regulations, and safely dispose of effluent. It can be used with most irrigator makes and models.
The Connected Farm Irrigate app, for use on an iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone or tablet, is available at Apple App Store or Google Play. It allows farmers to see the status of their pivots , in which direction they are traveling, the heading, pump pressure, pivot voltage and type of material being dispersed (water, fertigation, or effluent). It also gives farmers the ability to remotely start or stop their pivots, choose the direction (forward or reverse), turn the pump on or off or switch the type of material being dispersed.
“Irrigate-IQ allows farmers to be more strategic with their irrigation planning, while the app creates time savings and increased efficiencies by allowing farmers to respond to weather changes or faulty equipment on the fly without being on site,” said David Fitzpatrick, business area director of Trimble’s Agriculture Division.
Although the app is free, farmers will need to purchase the Irrigate-IQ solution in order to access irrigator data.