Following the worst drought in his farming career – and growing frustration over competition for land – Les Albrecht expanded his operation internally in 2013 by adding five circles of irrigation to his dryland operation.
Think Different When Les Albrecht installed five irrigation circles on his Nebraska farm, he included several Internet-connected moisture probes to help him manage irrigation efficiently. “Our approach is to apply water when it is needed, not just because we can,” he says. The John Deere Field Connect probes monitor movement of moisture through a 6-foot soil profile. Real-time soil moisture status is available full-time to Albrecht and crop consultant Craig Marsh through any Internet-connected device. “I really like the preciseness of this,” Albrecht says. “There was a point last fall when rigs to our west were running, but the probe said more moisture wasn’t needed on our fields.”