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Lindsay gives growers crop water usage insights

WaterTrend provides a 7-day water outlook on forecasted crop water usage and precipitation amounts.

Lindsay Corporation announced the launch of FieldNET with WaterTrend, a new feature that gives growers critical crop water usage insights to aid in effective and efficient irrigation decision-making.

Remote monitoring of pivot and lateral irrigation systems

FieldNET is Lindsay’s irrigation management platform. It provides growers the ability to remotely monitor and control all aspects of their existing pivot and lateral irrigation systems, regardless of the equipment’s age or brand. The platform delivers information so growers can monitor the operational status of their irrigation systems and control them from a smartphone, tablet or computer 24-hours a day from anywhere.

7-day water outlook on forecasted crop water usage

Lindsay now adds WaterTrend to the platform, at no additional cost. Lindsay says WaterTrend provides a 7-day water outlook on forecasted crop water usage and precipitation amounts. This is based on field-specific forecasted rainfall amounts, crop growth models and crop water usage information.

With WaterTrend, growers can see trends in how their crops will use water over the coming week. This is to enable them to make better, data-driven decisions on when and how much to irrigate. Another added benefit of the new feature is the ability for growers to view field-specific weather data, including the current field conditions plus hourly and daily forecasts.

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WaterTrend can be accessed via the FieldNET app. WaterTrend provides a 7-day water outlook on forecasted crop water usage and precipitation amounts. - Photo: Lindsay
WaterTrend can be accessed via the FieldNET app. WaterTrend provides a 7-day water outlook on forecasted crop water usage and precipitation amounts. - Photo: Lindsay

Available globally to subscribers for FieldNET-equipped center pivots, WaterTrend can be accessed via the FieldNET app – no additional subscription or equipment is needed.

“FieldNET with WaterTrend uses the same science and data that goes into FieldNET Advisor to provide a 7-day water trend,” said Albert Maurin, product manager at Lindsay. “Simply configure your crop information, and FieldNET takes care of everything else. Making informed irrigation decisions has really never been easier.”

Daily, automated irrigation recommendations

Maurin says that, at any time, growers can take their irrigation management to the next level and upgrade to FieldNET Advisor to receive daily, automated irrigation recommendations – including the ability to account for multiple crop types and planting dates, incorporate satellite imagery, further customise the irrigation parameters, and receive continuously updated variable-rate irrigation (VRI) prescriptions.

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