A SPINNING FIRST
Nelson Irrigation shared the S7 Spinner. This is a microsprinkler that’s used in orchards and vineyards for irrigation. This is the first to use flow-control nozzles that deliver the same flow rate over a range of pressure by reducing the orifice size as pressure increases. Nelson also notes the design includes quick-clean technology, and the nozzles are fully modular. Working range for the model is 15 to 50 psi, and flow can range from 8.5 to 75 gallons per hour, depending on the size. This product was the irrigation award winner in the Irrigation Association 2018 New Product Contest. Learn more at nelsonirrigation.com.
Having in-depth field knowledge has value for any operation. The Arable Mark is the first device to capture weather and plant data in a single system. That information can be sent to the cloud for retrieval and analysis at any time. The company backs the system up with tools like Arable Point Forecast, which provides precise microclimate-specific field analysis. And there’s the Arable software platform to help you manage fields on a granular level. This product won the specialty agriculture award for the Irrigation Association’s 2018 New Product Contest. Learn more at arable.com.
UPGRADE ANY PANEL
The FieldWise Zempat5 marketed by Irrigation Components International is the first full-color, 5-inch capacitive touch-screen computer panel for irrigation. The system can be installed on any existing panel to add more visual control, with features ranging from Smart Start to overcurrent protection. Smart Start is a FieldWise tool that checks a pivot’s safety circuit, both at startup and while the pivot is running. Learn more at field-wise.com.
The RF-C1 Fertigation Control Node from WiseConn is a pump station control unit with a wide range of features. The system can provide pump station control and monitoring, fertigation control, remote automation, filter flushing, and well monitoring and control. The unit also has a wireless mesh network offering 2-mile line-of-sight communication with other panels. Learn more at wiseconn.com.
RioFlex is a lay-flat polyethylene hose that’s designed to be the mainline for a drip irrigation system. The hose allows use in a range of conditions from high-pressure to free-flow, and can be purchased with a range of accessories. Design on the pipe started in 2015 using polyethylene, a material known for performance. The design also has a low roughness rate to reduce pressure loss, and it has low sensitivity to thermal expansion. Learn more at sabspa.com.
Dwyer offers the IEF (insertion electromagnetic flow) flow monitor, with 1% read accuracy across a range of temperatures. The tool is designed for a seamless installation; with an optional installation valve and an easy-to-use tool, you can meter water quickly. The system has no moving parts using an electromagnetic flow transmitter. Learn more at dwyer-inst.com.
Manna Irrigation Intelligence is a new tool that promises sensor-free management of your irrigation system, from space. The company has developed a software-based approach to capturing information and making recommendations. It’s based on proprietary satellite models to create the sensor-free approach. You can learn more at manna-irrigation.com.
BETTER PUMP FLOW
The Suction Diffuser Flex from Epiphene mounts upstream from your irrigation pump. Its internal vanes help eliminate turbulence caused by fluid passing through an elbow by rotating the fluid as it enters the elbow. Reducing turbulence can improve pump efficiency. Learn more at epiphene.com.
Flobond DI 2010 from SNF is designed to enhance the efficiency and infiltration performance of surface and subsurface drop irrigation applications. With better flow, the company claims enhanced germination, rooting and plant development. Other benefits include water, fertilizer and energy savings; and increased wetted soil area around plants, reducing water volume applied. It can be injected directly into the irrigation system. Learn more at snf.us.
The Dostec AC from ITC can improve performance and accuracy with predefined dosing modes. This allows users to inject product into the irrigation stream precisely and have improved control. The system also comes with a smartphone app to give users enhanced control. With the app, you get remote control, alarms and notifications, smart dosing and real-time monitoring. Learn more at itc.es.
Agri-Inject has long been known for its irrigation injection systems. The company ups the ante with the Reflex Connect, which works in a variety of conditions with a wide range or product viscosities. Features include remote control, real-time monitoring and alerts, and detailed charts and reports for applications. The system can work with a range of systems, from flow-proportional to manual. Learn more at agri-inject.com.
Groguru has a new soil and irrigation monitoring system designed to be left in place once installed. The company claims the lowest deployed cost and lowest total cost of ownership versus conventional sensor systems. The wireless underground system allows sensors to connect with a base to transmit information to the cloud for farm use. Learn more about this system at groguru.com.
The Cyclone Vertical Turbine from Cornell Pump Co. offers higher efficiency than conventional pumps. This system can be used over a wide flow range to match the growing season. The system also offers fewer stages to replace and maintain, and it works with variable frequency drives. Learn more at cornellpump.com.
INNOVATING DRIP TAPE
Netafim’s Streamline tape line offers producers a range of options. The company has just launched Streamline X, which it claims is the strongest tape in the industry. You can learn more at netafim.com.
FieldNet Advisor is an irrigation scheduling tool included with the FieldNet mobile app. It allows growers to know how much water is available to plants in every area of the field. The system allows growers to react to changing field conditions in real time, including the ability to avoid over- and underwatering crops. Learn more at myfieldnet.com.
Sparling Instruments is rolling out BlueWater, its latest electromagnetic flow meter. The unit is field-programmable, and its monitor has a five-year battery life or can be DC-powered. A data logger is optional, and capturing information is easily achieved by using a USB cable attached to any computer. The unit has no moving parts. Learn more at sparlinginstruments.com.
SOIL MOISTURE METER
Spectrum Technologies offers the FieldScout TDR350 soil moisture meter that’s been upgraded. The system features a backlit display, larger digits on the display, an internal data logger that records up to 50,000 readings and the ability to transfer information over USB. The unit can be paired with the FieldScout Mobile App and SpecConnect FieldScout Pro. Learn more at specmeters.com.
Irritec is launching Exxtreme Tape, a continuous labyrinth dripline that offers filtering performance. The line is designed to provide uniform water supply and wetting — even with water that has a high quantity of solid particles. The tape works well in dense planting and on sandy and highly draining ground. Learn more at irritec.com.
Ranch Systems is launching the AMI Optical Reader, which provides automated water meter monitoring and reporting. The system will monitor your water meter and provide accurate electronic output of what it records. The reader optically reads the water meter readout for almost any brand, and logs it for documentation and reporting. Learn more at ranchsystems.com.
The y-strainer has been a useful tool in irrigation water lines for some time. There appears to be room for innovation, however. Epiphene has launched the LPD Y-Strainer that reduces any back pressure and boosts pump energy efficiency, according to the company. The design maintains flow even if some clogging happens. Learn more at epiphene.com.
The folks at Seametrics didn’t enter the New Product Contest in part because their newest electromagnetic insertion flowmeter wasn’t ready in time. The new AG90-Series sensor is a direct replacement for a propeller meter, but it has no moving parts. The design also has less pipe obstruction and provides a standard pulse output for recording data. The rate and total units can be set via the front panel key touch pad. Learn more at seametrics.com.
Managing and monitoring an irrigation pivot remotely is not a new idea. But the folks at Hydro-Rain have come up with the new B-hyve Smart Wi-Fi system, which uses long-range Wi-Fi to connect to your phone, tablet, or any device with internet on the farm. A base station connects to the internet at your office. The signal is then broadcast up to 7 miles to each pivot. Repeaters are available to extend the signal. This allows for remote control, and there are no subscription fees for the communication tech. Learn more at ag.hydrorain.com.
INNOVATING DRIP IRRIGATION
Netafim has developed a new closed-loop platform for managing a drip system from your smartphone. The NetBeat system allows third-party data integration through the cloud. It uses dynamic crop models based on 50 years of analytics to build field-specific watering plans. The system can follow crop stage development and match that for irrigation and fertigation. The main control unit is shown. Learn more at netafim.com.