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

Our product

how does is 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 in fields and blocks of 0.5 ha or larger by a manual drawing of field boundaries online. Without 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. Through a pop-up menu, all required information for new fields will be gathered interactively (n<20). Advanced users (n20) can upload an existing shape file containing the digital boundaries. The shape file should be imported as a zipped file (.zip or .rar). The data subscription goes by different orders. 

Orders can be edited during the registration process, but once activated, they will be executed. 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”. 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 {Click here}.

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 63 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. 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. For clients with a few fields, this shape file is automatically generated from the data exchange platform.

Cloud cover

The prescribed maximum cloud cover for IrriWatch is 50% 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, no data will be delivered which can be 12 months per year. The user knows thus from the onset for which months the irrigation data is delivered via the App and Web Application. He/she has to agree with this data delivery proposal prior to the start of the service. This will make it clear to all parties when the data delivery starts and stops. The first month of data provision will be the month soonest to the moment of registration that has less than 50% cloud cover and is encompassed by the irrigation season, which can be today.

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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 the 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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