This module is designed for farmers who already have SCADAfarm Pivot and want to fully utilise the Variable Rate Irrigation (VRI) technology installed on their irrigators. VRI gives you immense flexibility by allowing you to control individual sprinkler heads along the entire length of your irrigator.
Different valves can be pulsed on or off to reduce water flow in accordance with pre-programmed ‘maps’ or ‘zones’. SCADAfarm allows you to store up to 10 different ‘maps’ to suit your soil type, crop and time of year. You can switch easily between each map, and add or delete new ones to get the right amount of water exactly where it’s needed.
Altering and controlling the amount of water distributed is an efficient way to irrigate paddocks that have varying soil types; cater for different crops requirements; and avoid swampy areas, water races, tracks, gullies and soil that is prone to run-off.
Studies suggest VRI can help you save between 8% and 36% of your water use without any reduction in crop yield. It ensures there’s sufficient water available in the plant root zone only, rather than saturating below the root zone. VRI not only helps reduce the risk of soil erosion and nitrate leaching into groundwater, it will also save you money by reducing your energy consumption and track maintenance costs.
SCADAfarm will help you realise VRI’s full potential. Your VRI plans can be loaded and implemented at the touch of a button via SCADAfarm’s website or mobile app. There’s no need to drive around your farm and programme individual pivots.
This module is particularly beneficial if you have a limited or expensive water supply, have variable soil types with different water holding capacities, or a property that suffers from high leaching rates.