Massive amounts of data are being generated every day on the farm. Making this information useful can be challenging, especially as an increasing number of systems generate multiple streams of unstructured, unintegrated data. Wouldn’t it be nice if all those applications worked together to make farm management easier?

Valley Irrigation is taking the first step toward creating unified farm management with Irrigation Exchange, cutting-edge technology embedded in the Valley BaseStation3 irrigation remote control and monitoring product. Irrigation Exchange enables growers to share precision irrigation data with complementary management systems and make informed water application decisions.

Valley Irrigation is working with industry-leading seed companies, equipment manufacturers and agronomy service providers to synchronize irrigation with other critical and interdependent farm operations. This integration leads to data-driven irrigation decisions that increase efficiency, production and profits.

Valley Director of Technology Adoption Andy Smith said some growers use more than 20 separate software programs to manage their farm operations. Irrigation Exchange allows growers to actively control their irrigation equipment from within other farm management platforms, eliminating the need to log into or switch between multiple systems.

“Irrigation certainly doesn’t happen in a vacuum,” Smith said. “The amount of water needed depends on everything from soil and crop type to rainfall and fertility.

“Irrigation Exchange makes relevant, timely data available across a variety of platforms for farmers, farm managers, agronomists or whomever the grower chooses. It provides a truly comprehensive approach to irrigation management.”

Smith emphasized that Valley believes all farm-specific irrigation information belongs to the growers.

“Although it handles critical and sensitive farming records, Irrigation Exchange keeps that information safe,” he said. “Only you have access to your data, and you choose what to share and which partners to share it with.”

With the ever increasing demand on limited resources, Irrigation Exchange puts the grower in command of the most powerful stream of irrigation data ever developed. Growers can leverage that integrated information to develop a strategy that will increase yields and produce economic benefits.