This is a bad number considering we are in the year 2015, and experiencing record drought. You might think efficient irrigation is with “high efficiency nozzles”, Pivots, or most obvious, sub-surface drip-and you would be correct…sort of. Drip is the last innovation by our industry friend Simcha Blass, who later went on to found Netafim, a world leader in Micro-Irrigation products, but not much else has changed since 5 decades ago.
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Today, the only step we can take further-as of yet-is to use information to determine when to fill those drip lines, and to manage the other systems with data as well. This includes the Pumps, Filters, and Nutrient Injection systems (Also widely known as [sic] Fertigation). Information is power in today’s world of high output, low input type economy.
Data is the difference between irrigating 3 hours per set versus 5 hours. Its’ the difference between finding a leak the next morning, or as it happens. Its’ the difference between using 20kWh of electricity to pump versus 12kWh in an irrigation cycle. Pivots, Drip, Sprinkler, or even gravity fed irrigation can all be made significantly more efficient; Not by laying pipes and valves in the ground, but rather by intelligent water management platforms such as IRRInet.
Benefit of Automating (not in order of significance):
  1. “See the Action”, and adjust-either manually or automatically
  2. On-Time, Every-Time
  3. Adjust power to the “Action”
  4. Make micro adjustments often, rather than large adjustments seldomly
  5. Simplify complex irrigation schemes with Virtual tools and Virtual sets
  6. Real-Time water and nutrient adjustments to maximize yield on the least inputs.
We are aiming to make every farm an intelligent one. Hence, Intelligence Moving Water™