RESPEC’s Irrigation Management Assistant (IMA) is a web-based, mobile-friendly, irrigation-scheduling application that reduces the environmental impact of irrigation while reaping multiple benefits.
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RESPEC’s Irrigation Management Assistant (IMA) is a web-based, mobile-friendly, irrigation-scheduling application that automates agricultural irrigation scheduling. IMA provides producers with recommendations for irrigation timing and volumes on a daily basis while providing the status of the impaired resource throughout the growing season.
Across the American agricultural landscape, groundwater use is approaching or already exceeds sustainable levels in many areas. The use of IMA demonstrates that producers can reduce the environmental impact of irrigation while reaping multiple benefits (such as increased yield and reduced irrigation input costs) by using proven conservation practices and making calculated decisions on when and how much to irrigate based on individualized field factors. IMA can also extract external data such as the National Centers for Environmental Prediction Stage IV rainfall data by using the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather Climate Toolkit. Real-time weather and stream-monitoring data are also imported into IMA, as well as groundwater and soil-moisture sensor data.
Clients use IMA to:
- Increase crop yield and reduce irrigation costs.
- Make calculated decisions on irrigation timing and volume.
- Access all related moisture data.
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