Irrigation will no longer be based on intuition but on accurate daily reports!

Our product

how does it work

New users have to create a company account on the portal {https://portal.irriwatch.com}. The account holder of the company can add colleague users. Every unique user receives an own protected password for login on the Portal and App. Any registered user can sign up in fields and blocks of 0.5 ha or larger. Without own fields being assigned, a user sees an empty portal. All users registered under a given company have access to the information of all fields. If a company wishes a certain user to see only the fields he/she is responsible for, then sub-companies need to be created from the start. Users should send an existing shape file containing the digital boundaries to support@irriwatch.com. The shape file should be zipped (.zip or .rar). The IrriWatch HelpDesk will help you will check and edit the shape files where needed. The data subscription goes by different orders. Orders can be edited during the registration process, but once activated, they will be executed. The type of crop can be modified during the execution for allowing shifts of Winter and Summer crops.

Every polygon (field or block) should contain 4 attributes: a unique administrative code that will be used in the presentation of the daily irrigation schedule, the type of crop, type of soil and type of irrigation system. The header of every column in the shape file should contain “name”, “crop”, “soil” and “irrigation” (all in small letters). This information is case sensitive. In case the input data is not provided by the client, IrriWatch will automatically consider default data based on publicly available data of soil and crop types. This is always less accurate, so the user is encouraged to prepare the input data in advance before the registration. The minimum area to be signed up for every order is 25 ha. Supporting movies explaining the registration process on the data portal can be found on the IrriWatch YouTube channel.

Specification of input data

Coding

In case the name of your field is not provided (or we detect non-uniqueness in the existing coding system), we generate a new numeric code. For “crop” we have a standard list of 80 crops that you need to use. A numerical code has to be specified in the shape file; not the name of the crop. If your crop is not in the list, we advise you to pick one that is similar.  A crop has several varieties with different drought resistance levels that affect the irrigation scheduling. The drought sensitivity is specified by means of 5 classes, ranging from 1 being “very drought resistant” to 5 being “very drought sensitive”. There are 12 soil types with a similar type of coding system. The same applies to the 9 irrigation types that we differentiate. Hence, the shape file should contain 4 attributes, and all are specified by means of a code.

Cloud cover

The prescribed maximum cloud cover for IrriWatch is 90% per month. We guarantee that for every day of such month, we deliver irrigation scheduling data. After specifying the geographic area of interest, the climatological cloud cover is presented by month. Green and yellow bars are months included in the delivery period. For red bars, data will be delivered, but with a lower accuracy. The user knows thus from the onset for which months the irrigation data is delivered with a lower accuracy. He/she has to agree that during these periods, the quality is suboptimum.

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Our target group

The IrriWatch irrigation scheduling analysis is preliminary meant for growers and their irrigators. This can be individual family farms, but also commercial farms that pack and export commodities. Their irrigators can be own staff or consultants. Further to that, providers of crop-based IT services on weather and crop protection can increase their level of services by expanding their existing products with our advanced spatial irrigation scheduler. IrriWatch information can also be used as a standard methodology for the public sector when they need to report on  irrigation water use (i.e. water orders, water audits, unauthorized water withdrawals, implementing water conservation plans, rescuing aquifers, reporting on efficiencies etc). Another group of IrriWatch users is  investing in the irrigation sector. Agricultural Credit Banks and International Financial Institutes (IFIs) finance local and regional infrastructure respectively, and they are eager to monitor the progress of transforming food production and water consumption within boundaries of sustainability through modernization and insurance among others.

Advantages

  • Conserve scarce and valuable irrigation water (10 to 40%).

  • Save costs on electricity or diesel (10 to 40%).

  •  Reduce investment in-field sensors and refrain from their maintenance challenges.

  • Increase production (and thus gross return) due to more uniform supply of water.

  • Prioritize irrigation applications among different fields.

  • Ability to induce controlled water stress for specific crop quality requirements. 

  • Compliance of irrigation water withdrawals.

  • Monitoring of implementation of water policy plans.

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