Farm Progress

Its responsive touch screen and pivot control are touted for durability and flexibility.

Curt Arens, Editor, Nebraska Farmer

December 27, 2017

2 Min Read
PRODUCT DEMO: Jared Kruntorad (background right), FieldWise sales manager, demonstrates the new Z5 pivot-control device for customers at a company open house recently.

FieldWise LLC, based in Ewing, Neb., just launched a remote irrigation telemetry tool that the company says will revolutionize the ease, affordability and access of telemetry in irrigation management.

Its new Zempat 5 irrigation control device features a responsive touch screen with a graphical interface, supporting modern swipe gestures, similar to a smartphone. The capacitive touch buttons are durable and will not wear like existing soft panel controls.

The family-owned company says that this device will make the expensive replacement of a main center pivot panel a thing of the past, because it can be retrofitted into any existing panel for nearly every pivot manufacturer, so you can take full control of your pivot immediately after installation.

The Z5, as it is known, is GPS-ready with full control of pivots, pumps and wells on its private in-field radio network. It features a 5-inch, full-color capacitive touch screen with a smart menu navigation, over-current protection and faulty micro-switch detection. When paired with the FieldWise Portal, it allows full access to all controls in or out of the field, and synchronizes all changes on both interfaces.


SWIPE SCREEN: The new FieldWise Z5 pivot-control device retrofits on almost any pivot panel and uses modern capacitive touch-screen formatting, so it works much like a smartphone.

Control features for the Z5 include start, stop, direction, pump, chemigation, speed, up to three end guns, flow, remote wells and intelligent collision detection. It also includes controls for auto-restart, auto-reverse, pressure start and pump pressure at the main panel and end of the system.

FieldWise technicians tested several units near their headquarters this past summer. Now, they are ready to market the new Z5 commercially for the first time this spring.

You can learn more about the new Z5 by contacting FieldWise at or by calling 888-983-4353.

About the Author(s)

Curt Arens

Editor, Nebraska Farmer

Curt Arens began writing about Nebraska’s farm families when he was in high school. Before joining Farm Progress as a field editor in April 2010, he had worked as a freelance farm writer for 27 years, first for newspapers and then for farm magazines, including Nebraska Farmer.

His real full-time career, however, during that same period was farming his family’s fourth generation land in northeast Nebraska. He also operated his Christmas tree farm and grew black oil sunflowers for wild birdseed. Curt continues to raise corn, soybeans and alfalfa and runs a cow-calf herd.

Curt and his wife Donna have four children, Lauren, Taylor, Zachary and Benjamin. They are active in their church and St. Rose School in Crofton, where Donna teaches and their children attend classes.

Previously, the 1986 University of Nebraska animal science graduate wrote a weekly rural life column, developed a farm radio program and wrote books about farm direct marketing and farmers markets. He received media honors from the Nebraska Forest Service, Center for Rural Affairs and Northeast Nebraska Experimental Farm Association.

He wrote about the spiritual side of farming in his 2008 book, “Down to Earth: Celebrating a Blessed Life on the Land,” garnering a Catholic Press Association award.

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