FieldNet making it easier for growers to keep tabs on irrigation


Growers who irrigate with sprinkler systems have been able to monitor their units with tablets or smartphones for some time. Now the same is true for farmers who irrigate with micro-irrigation or dirp, a system being used increasingly in the arid West because of the ongoing drought.

“FieldNet for wireless micro-irrigation is a true game-changer,” says Reece Andrews, new technology product manager at Lindsay Corp. Andrews was interviewed about the new FieldNet system at this year’s World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif.

“We’re excited to make this award-winning irrigation management system available to drip and micro-irrigation users, helping growers reduce risk and save labor, water, energy and chemical use,” Andrews said. FieldNet was one of the Top 10 Products named at this year’s World Ag Expo.

Andrews says one of the new features for FieldNet is Multi-Control, which provides growers with 4-in-1 control of their entire irrigation system, including management and control of pumps and valves, fertilizer and chemical injectors, filter flush capabilities and front protection plans.

“The irrigation controller in FieldNet is an industry first,” he said. “You can easily control your entire system from anywhere with an Internet connection using the FieldNet apps for smartphones or tablets or Internet browser instead of trying to decipher and use the limiting interfaces of traditional irrigation controllers.

“The wireless system is especially useful since it can irrigate individual zones within a field without the need to trend in miles and miles of wire.”

Andrews said the system was developed around such concepts as music playlists and drag-and-drop features that are familiar to most users. The patent=pending, clide out Quick Tray control appears on demand to easily manage functions without ever leaving the main map view.

“The Top 10 New Products Award carries special meaning for us since the judges were farmers and industry professionals and confirms that we are right on target with our market research.”

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