Irrigation app now available from Trimble
By Top Crop Manager
Apr. 28, 2014 - Trimble has launched the Trimble Irrigate-IQ precision irrigation solution in North America, and introduced the Connected Farm Irrigate app, which provides farmers with real-time status and control of their pivot irrigation systems using a smartphone or tablet.
The Irrigate-IQ GPS-controlled solution, which is installed on the pivot, enables farmers to remotely control their irrigators via the Internet, including performing variable rate irrigation, and receive reports about where water or fertilizer has been applied. With the solution, farmers can apply the optimal amount of water, fertigation or effluent where needed.
The Connected Farm Irrigate app is for use on an iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone or tablet. The app allows farmers to see the status of their pivots, including whether they are operating or not operating, in which direction they are traveling, the heading, pump pressure, pivot voltage and type of material being dispersed (water, fertigation or effluent). The app also gives farmers the ability to remotely start or stop their pivots, choose the direction (forward or reverse), turn the pump on or off, or switch the type of material being dispersed. This new functionality comes in addition to farmers' ability to remotely control their irrigators by accessing the Irrigate-IQ software on a desktop or laptop computer, rugged mobile computer or tablet.
Although the app is free, farmers need to purchase the Irrigate-IQ solution in order to access irrigator data.