A number of management decisions are based on the annualized costs of owning and operating an irrigation system. Before developing land for irrigation, the first decision should be to determine whether the irrigation system will be economically feasible. In other words, Will the net income from the increased yields achieved by irrigation development exceed the additional ownership and operating costs of owning and operating the irrigation system over the expected life of the various system components.
After deciding to proceed with irrigation development, one is faced with many alternative design choices, including selection of which energy source to use for pumping the irrigation water, the type of distribution system, etc.
The IrrigateCost app models center pivot and gated pipe irrigation systems and the most commonly used energy sources on separate tabs making side to side comparisons between alternatives possible.
When computing a fair crop-share rental arrangement, one procedure is to list all the contributions that are required for crop production in a table (land, irrigation system, machinery, labor, crop inputs, etc.). Next to each input listed, the contribution each party is making is shown in adjacent columns; one for the landowner and one for the tenant. The columns are tallied and the percentage of the total cost that each party is contributing is calculated. The “fair” rental arrangement would be to divide the crop on the same percentage as the contributions that each party has made. Alternately, after the initial listing is done, changes are sometimes made in the percentage the two parties contribute toward certain inputs until contributions match a pre-determined crop share arrangement (e.g. 60/40 or 50/50).
The costs of owning and operating the irrigation system are some of the most difficult to identify when analyzing irrigated crop share arrangements. Much of the total cost of irrigation results from ownership costs and a large percentage of ownership costs are not annual out-of-pocket costs but rather are sunk costs, such as return on capital investment, depreciation, and taxes and insurance.
A complicating factor in some rental agreements results from who owns the various components. In some cases, the landowner may furnish the entire irrigation system; in other cases the landowner may furnish the well, pump and gear head; while the tenant may furnish the power unit and/or the distribution system. A need therefore exists for the analyst to easily estimate the ownership and operating costs for each major component in various irrigation systems so each party is credited with a fair estimate of the contribution he/she is making.
The data and formulas behind this app were developed by UNL Extension Educator Emeritus, Thomas W. Dorn, who most recently served in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Lancaster County Office. He initially developed this data for an Excel spreadsheet (IRRIGCOST)
Created by a landscaper with 20 years experience in sprinkler design, installation, and repair, iScaper:Sprinklers will allow you to analyze and repair common sprinkler system problems. Along with a glossary of terms you may be unfamiliar with but would be good to know when you make that trip to the sprinkler supply store, and a metric conversion table for international users.
In metric units and USA.
This useful application responds quickly and accurately to questions of technicians and farmers such as:
- I have 150 gpm of water, how many acres of cotton I can irrigate?
- I have 25 acres of olive trees, which need to flow?
- How many shifts I can put in 20 acres Citrus 18x12 ft and drippers of 0.42 gph, 2 feet spacing?
- What flow rate must pass if I am watering 4 acres tomatoes 4.8 feet spacing and drippers 0.53 gph, 1.5 feet?
The app allows you to -
• control multiple HydraWise units from the one app
• configure watering schedules and zones
• configure flow, rain and soil moisture sensors
• view watering and rainfall reports
• view watering schedules and history
• manually run (or suspend) individual irrigation zones
• view forecast and current weather conditions
This app requires a free account at http://hydrawise.com. To actually turn your sprinklers on or off remotely a HydraWise irrigation controller is required - this can be purchased from the HydraWise website.
With a HydraWise Irrigation Controller you can -
• save water by automatically adjust watering schedules based on local weather (rainfall, wind, temperature, humidity)
• control the system from anywhere in the world
• water more when it is hot, water less when it is cold or has rained
• get reports on watering history, rainfall and temperatures
• manage multiple irrigation controllers from the one login
Like other Trimble® products, the app works well with many brands of irrigation systems which provide a flexible solution for farm managers worldwide. If you already have the Irrigate-IQ™ service enabled, simply download the app and enter your login information. In case you are not a customer yet, a demo function is available to explore the features provided before subscribing to the service.
• Monitor the following tasks:
o Status (on/off)
o Material applied (water/effluent/fertigation)
• Control the following tasks:
o Variable rate irrigation prescriptions or schedule
o Pivot controls (on/off, direction)
App Support: Go to http://www.connectedfarm.com/help/irrigate
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BAUER SmartRain let's you coordinate your equipment's future operations comfortably! Use a comprehensive view of your fields, the exact time they have been irrigated last and how much. Schedule the operations of your equipment to achieve an optimal utilization.
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Irrigation scheduling has the following benefits:
Benefits to the farmer or home owner:
•Improved crop yields (greener lawns),
•Improved crop quality,
•Lower water bills or pumping energy costs,
•Lower irrigation-related labor, and
•Decreased loss of expensive fertilizers to runoff or leaching.
Benefits to the environment:
•Less movement of fertilizers and pesticides with the water off of the soil where they provide benefits and into streams, water-bodies, and groundwater where they can cause environmental damage, and
•More water remains in groundwater and in streams for alternative uses and for fish and wildlife habitat.
Benefits for energy supply:
•Decreased irrigation energy pumping costs (typical values are 10-20% savings), and
•Water remains in rivers to drive powergeneration turbines at multiple dam sites.
Most irrigation scheduling tools are complicated, difficult to learn, time consuming to use, and consequently many irrigators do not feel that it is worth the time and effort required. Most irrigators don't get much opportunity for desk-work. This simple, free, user-friendly, irrigation scheduling tool was developed by Washington State University for doing simplified check-book style irrigation scheduling from your phone that is in your pocket. It is simple to set up fields or lawns. It uses tables of default crop and soil parameters, and automatically pulls daily crop water use (evapotranspiration, or ET) estimates from a variety of different agricultural weather networks.
It is flexible enough to allow modifications for improved accuracy by educated users. The model can be corrected using soil water measurements or estimates. It readily displays useful charts and tables for visual evaluation of soil water status and model inputs. It can also be run on any web browser from the website: http://weather.wsu.edu/is.
This project received funding from the following sources:
•United States Department of Agriculture, National Water Quality Initiative
•Washington State University Agricultural Research Center
•American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
The main features are:
> A list of all of your plots including indicators regarding the plants current status
> Graphs (defined per customer by Phytech's support center) providing a week's continues trend of your selected parameters
> an easy and friendly interface for comparing 2 different parameters (again defined dynamically by Phytech's support center.
The Connected Farm scout app is also compatible with Trimble’s GreenSeeker handheld crop sensor. Start by entering NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) readings from the handheld so that the app can automatically calculate the rate of Nitrogen. The geo-referenced location of the NDVI point is also saved in the app.
The app is flexible to use with any crop such as corn, wheat, beans, cotton, vegetables, and more.
All data is sent via the cell or WI-FI connection to Connected Farm (www.connectedfarm.com) where you can view, sort, and print data online. The app is also compatible with Farm Works Software®.
CREATE A FIELD BOUNDARY
• Calculate areas (acres or hectares) and map field boundaries.
• Utilize the offset feature to enter a distance between you and the actual boundary when logging.
• Display background imagery using Bing™ maps.
GENERAL MAPPING AND SCOUTING
• Switch between logging paths, points, and polygon areas.
• Enter scouting attributes for pests, weeds or diseases and log the severity of problems and crop conditions.
• Customize personal notes to scouting jobs.
• Enter scouting data easily without a keyboard using the built-in pick list.
• Capture and geo-reference digital images of pests using the phone or tablet’s built-in camera and GPS.
• Quickly capture pictures of features and field problems, including weeds, rocks, drainage problems, insects, and more.
• Calculate nitrogen rates by using NDVI crop readings from the GreenSeeker handheld crop sensor.
• Manages your data by client, farm, and field names.
• Transfer your data to the Connected Farm where you can view, sort, and print your data online.
• Utilize your Connected Farm account to automatically backup your data. Never lose data again.
• Compatible with Farm Works Software.
App Support: Go to http://www.connectedfarm.com/help/scout
Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.
Automatic detection of the nearest weather station. We monitor thousands of weather stations..
More than 100 different crops. Suitable for all types of crops and gardens: vegetables, fruit trees, forages, grass...
Hydric stress notifications
The most modern artificial intelligence techniques combined with classic irrigation advice techniques (PM-FAO56).
WeatherTRAK Mobile features:
Anytime, Anywhere Remote Control and Manual Irrigation
One-Click Customer Support
Designed with ease of use in mind, HydroPoint products consistently save our customers time, water and money. WeatherTRAK Mobile provides 24/7 remote visibility and real-time central control which delivers measurable value, immediate results and optimized efficiency.
Optimized for WeatherTRAK Central controllers version 6.0 or later.
WeatherTRAK Mobile gives access through your WeatherTRAK.net login.
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