BOONE, Iowa, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) today announced a significant advancement in its RainWave® precipitation monitoring solution that maps precise rainfall amounts within an entire field or farm. Using the new RainWave Contour Map functionality in Trimble's Connected Farm™ Web-based management solution enables the farmer or trusted advisor to make better management decisions for irrigation planning, resource deployment, and timing of applications for nutrient and pest management.
The announcement was made at the Farm Progress Show.
Unlike physical gauges that measure rain at a single point or services that average rainfall amounts across fields (mile-by-mile grids), the new RainWave Contour Map allows farmers to visualize and measure variations in rainfall amounts within the field. RainWave closely complements Trimble's Irrigate-IQ™ precision irrigation solution, which is now available in North America. Farmers can use the detailed RainWave rainfall data to direct their decisions and create a highly targeted irrigation application schedule with Irrigate-IQ. The Irrigate-IQ solution uses GPS to remotely control irrigators, create irrigation plans, perform variable rate irrigation down to the individual nozzle, and receive reports, resulting in reduced trips to the field.
Using the RainWave Contour Map, farmers can optimize water use by not running irrigators in areas that have received adequate rainfall. Further benefits include time and fuel savings since physically checking rain gauge locations is eliminated. In addition, the rainfall data can guide farmers' decisions regarding the day's planned activities and whether those activities are feasible or not based on field conditions.Farmers can access the color-coded rainfall contour maps on demand via personal computer, tablet or smartphone via the new Connected Farm Field Website. Connected Farm also provides farmers with access to additional key information impacting daily operations including weather forecasts, commodity tracking, field operation maps, fleet management, crop health maps, and irrigation monitoring and control.