Want to be a guinea pig? How about the first, second, or even tenth customer of a new car that uses your body heat to take you from A  to B. Hmm, sounds intriguing and I’m convinced! Almost.

Weather based irrigation started becoming mainstream around 2006, and allowed organizations to irrigate based off of ET in an efficient manner. It was big. Wireless Irrigation came about in the 70’s (Thanks to Motorola), and what a concept it was! Now you can control a valve from 10 miles away, and not dig a big trench, or drive 13 miles to open/close the valve’s.

Then again, we were sending men to the moon in the 60’s.

Today, we are seeing new products entering the marketplace for Precision Agriculture technologies. Automatic valve control  down to the sprinkler! Automatic scheduling of irrigation programs, wireless soil moisture probes, web based VFD (variable Frequency drive) control, automatic analytical tools, and more! Sheesh. What happened to an irrigation clock? To be honest they are still in the vast majority, but that’s changing exponentially in some areas that are affected by unexpected weather.

Does all this high-tech help? Short answer: Yes.

Does it help your bottom-line? That’s a grey area.

In order for technology to actually improve your bottom-line beyond being “convenient”, you actually got to use it to what the system was designed to do. Otherwise, it’s just a convenient luxury.

We had to take a step back for a moment and say “farmers like to be in control. They need to be”. Whether driving their Tractor on manual, or shutting off a valve. Across all of Motorola’s product offering, the system only provides what the farmer is willing to accept to still be in control.

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