How to Manage Water with Precision Agriculture

How to Manage Water with Precision Agriculture

Posted on Jan 29, 2021

Precision agriculture and more sustainable practices have steadily increased in importance for a large number of farmers across the world. Reducing waste and ecosystem disruption while meeting your output goals can be easier said than done when you have changes in weather patterns, unusual seasons and water restrictions, among other factors to contend with. For many, the topic of how to manage water when farming is especially top of mind. Learn about two crucial water management precision ag tools from John Deere that can also help reduce fuel and labor costs.

Managing Moisture Levels with Precision Ag

Precision agriculture tools like John Deere’s Field Connect™ system can help you avoid under and over watering as well as identify ideal conditions to maximize product application efforts and cut down on waste. Timing is critical when it comes to water management and farming. Depending on your crop, different stages of growth benefit more from different moisture levels. Too much, or too little, can damage crops and cause an undesirable dip in yield. Overwatering with your irrigation system can not only hurt your crops, but it also results in wasted resources, nutrient leaching and higher than necessary costs. Experienced farmers know this to be both an art and science and are well versed in the difficulties of employing practical procedures to manage for better irrigation practices. Smart farming applications like Field Connect™ offer the ability to electronically monitor moisture levels, providing alerts when irrigation and moisture levels are either full or require refilling. It can also be a helpful tool in areas where there is more than enough moisture naturally. If, for instance, you employ the use of tiled fields, this tool can be used to alert you as to when to open your gates to help with drainage.

Smart Farming Field Drainage & Ditch Solutions

Collecting too much surface water can result in drowned crops and a loss in overall yield. Creating more effective field solutions to manage excessive moisture levels is another farming activity that can benefit from precision agriculture. Preventing damage and crop loss due to moisture can be done using a supplemental technology like the Surface Water Pro™ system from John Deere. This equipment offers advanced ditching functions that allow for more exact drainage solutions based on the individual makeup and variance in your field. With this smart farming technology, farmers can map and record important information like elevation levels, levee and ditch tracks, while also informing and assisting with the planning and creation process of new ditches. This system does require some additional activation and complementary tools to function optimally and to more thoroughly resolve drainage and water issues.

Get more information about how smart farming can benefit your crops by speaking to an associate at your local Ag-Pro Dealership. Our team is equipped to help you find out which water technology solutions are best suited to your needs and are most compatible with your equipment.

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