Trimble enters irrigation market
Trimble has officially entered the irrigation market with an agreement to acquire the assets of IQ Irrigation, Christchurch, New Zealand.
IQ Irrigation provides a reliable and precise hardware and software solution for controlling linear and pivot irrigation systems. It enables farmers to apply the right amount of water in the right place based on crop requirements, optimizing water usage.
IQ Irrigation's GPS-controlled system controls individual nozzles on most irrigator makes and models, and can be operated remotely with an Internet application that can be run from a computer or mobile device. Options range from straightforward control of the irrigator to creation of no spray or variable spray areas, or complex irrigator control with many variable watering patterns and liquid manure dispersal capability. The solution also includes application reports that detail what input (water, liquid manure or fertigation) was applied as well as when and where it was applied. Farmers are able to select the irrigation patterns that suit their crop, terrain and farming operation, including the ability to keep select areas dry such as roads, waterways and farm buildings.
With IQ Irrigation's Web-based solution, farmers can see, in real time, the location and status of the irrigator and a visual simulation of the current water consumption and irrigation patterns. Farmers can remotely stop, forward or reverse the pivot. In addition, the solution enables farmers to turn the water on or off and speed up or slow down the pivot.
Farmers will also be able to monitor the status of their pivot or linear irrigators on Trimble's new Connected Farm dashboard. The irrigation pivot data is expected to be available on the Connected Farm dashboard the first half of 2014 in the U.S. The new Connected Farm dashboard is a Web portal that's accessible via an Internet-enabled device, including Trimble's new TMX-2050 display.
"Trimble's acquisition of IQ Irrigation's assets will allow us to provide a solution in the irrigation arena, which further expands our product portfolio that spans the entire growing cycle," says Joe Denniston, vice president for Trimble's Agriculture Division. "With the solution, farmers can more efficiently utilize water by delivering the right amount of water to where it's needed. By also staying apprised of other critical information via the Connected Farm dashboard - such as rainfall data and weather forecasts - farmers can make more informed irrigation decisions for their operations."