With the growing populations and the need to provide for more people, conservation is becoming a huge buzz word in the many companies with in the agricultural industry.
One company is using what nature is already suppling them with and applying technology to track in order to better production and conserve water.
Trimble’s new RainWave Contour Map allows farmers to visualize and measure variations in rainfall amounts within a field. RainWave complements Trimble’s Irrigate-IQ precision irrigation solution.
Farmers can use these RainWave rainfall data to direct decisions and create a targeted irrigation application schedule with Irrigate-IQ. The Irrigate-IQ solution uses GPS to remotely control irrigators, create irrigation plans, perform variable-rate irrigation down to the individual nozzle and receive reports, resulting in reduced trips to the field.
Using the RainWave Contour Map, farmers can improve water use by not running irrigation system in areas that have already received adequate rainfall. It saves time and fuel by eliminating the need to physically check rain gauges. In addition, the rainfall data can guide farmers’ decisions regarding the day’s planned activities and whether those activities are feasible based on field conditions.
Farmers can access the color-coded rainfall contour maps using a computer, tablet or smartphone via the new Connected Farm Field website. Connected Farm also provides farmers with access to information impacting daily operations including weather forecasts, commodity tracking, field operation maps, fleet management, crop health maps, and irrigation monitoring and control.
This technology will become more well known as more farmers begin to use the technology and other companies develop similar products. Other areas of the United States are beginning to follow a Federal Energy Management Program to hope to conserve water. The program is based around harvesting the rainwater and then applying it at more need times.
Rainwater harvesting can provide a key source of alternative water to federal facilities. Rainwater harvesting systems capture, divert, and store precipitation from rooftops for later use.
Harvesting rainwater can also potentially prevent storm water from entering waterways, helping agencies meet federal requirements for storm water management. The captured rainwater can be used for:
- Landscape irrigation
- Ornamental pond and fountain filling
- Cooling tower makeup
- Toilet and urinal flushing.
The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) developed a rainwater map to help federal agencies strategically prioritize commercial rainwater harvesting projects by providing a range of available rainwater across the U.S.
Everyone throughout many industries are doing what they can to create a more green or sustainable country to live in. With rainfall field mapping to rain water harvesting it makes for an exciting industry to be a part of.