Feb 25, 2021Yara North America launches irrigation solution for California growers
Yara North America announced Feb. 25 the launch of Farm Water Advisor, an irrigation solution that enables precise irrigation scheduling with no expensive hardware or additional costs, now offered free of charge for all California growers and advisors for immediate use.
Made in partnership with The Weather Company, an IBM business, Farm Water Advisor uses a range of data, including field-specific weather and soil and irrigation system information, in order to provide hyper-local weather forecasts and recommend the best schedule for maximum yields.
“We have focused on some of the largest acreage crops in California, including nut trees, citrus, grapes and olives,” Scott Warr, commercial manager for digital farming at Yara North America, said in a news release. “We knew there was a need for a simple and accurate solution that any grower could use with or without other scheduling tools. Farm Water Advisor puts this power in the palm of your hand.”
Farm Water Advisor, advises farmers when, where and how much to irrigate for the coming seven days, and allows them to fine-tune their crop performance. The most effective irrigation schedules begin with accurate evapotranspiration forecasts, field-specific soil infiltration models, crop water demand curves and irrigation application rates.
Farm Water Advisor contributes to Yara’s goal of improving fertility use efficiency and sustainability by contributing to field-level precision irrigation. The solution makes precision crop water stress management accessible to every farmer, providing them with an in-depth understanding of crop water stress to increase yields sustainably. Through Farm Water Advisor, farmers get reliable results with an easy-to-use irrigation scheduler that can improve current irrigation methods.
The irrigation scheduling solution is currently available for California growers and advisors that work with almonds, walnuts, pistachios, grapes, mandarins, oranges, lemons, grapefruit and olives. This free solution is available as a native smartphone application (iOS and Android) and as a desktop web application.