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CropMetrics launches predictive irrigation tool

CropMetrics has announced its Virtual Predictor technology to create a custom irrigation plan that forecasts irrigation requirements for the week ahead.

Virtual Predictor technology allows growers working with a CropMetrics Partner to create a custom irrigation plan that looks several days ahead into the future, predicting exactly how much irrigation will be needed, and where the water needs to go. The technology uses data science to complement and extend the use of in-field sensors. Virtual Predictor will be available through the new Cropmetrics mobile app.

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Virtual Predictor technology allows growers working with a CropMetrics Partner to create a custom irrigation plan that looks several days ahead into the future. - Photo: CropMetrics
Virtual Predictor technology allows growers working with a CropMetrics Partner to create a custom irrigation plan that looks several days ahead into the future. - Photo: CropMetrics

ROI exceeding 300%

Talking to CropLife, Lee Addams, CropMetrics CEO, said: “Growers can use this predictive capability by either leveraging in-field sensors / IoT connections or by deploying independently of sensors. Combining sensor data, data science, and expert support completes the trust equation, and with an ROI often exceeding 300%, it’s an edge every irrigator needs in today’s challenging conditions.”

Forecast future moisture conditions

CropMetrics Chief Technology Officer and Founder Nick Emanuel added: “Virtual Predictor is the latest new technology from CropMetrics that allows us to look forward and forecast future moisture conditions, and help the grower and advisor know exactly how to irrigate. We can already accurately identify what is happening now with sensors in the field and now better understand what is coming next with Virtual Predictor. As a grower myself, I know that making the right decision about irrigation makes a huge difference in profitability – not only in using less water, but in getting better yield and return for other inputs, ” Nick Emanuel told CropLife.

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