The Israeli company Netafim, a global leader in smart drip and Micro irrigation solutions since introducing the world’s first drip irrigation system solutions in 1965, has announced the successful results of a pilot project of its uManage platform.
The company says uManage has lowered water and fertilizer consumption by some 30% and 15%, respectively.
The pilot project, using a beta version of uManage, was carried out on dozens of farms in countries such as the United States, Israel, Italy, Holland, Brazil and France.
With uManage, farmers can compile and analyze plot-related data, as well as monitor and record irrigation/fertilizer performance and yield status. uManage also enables growers to analyze additional factors that impact on their crops, including wind direction, weather forecast, temperature, radiation, ground moisture and fertilizer. Communicating with irrigation controllers and field sensors, uManage updates data in real time, enabling farmers to remotely control their plots and plan their crop-growing protocol in advance.
“Over the past year, we conducted a uManage pilot involving dozens of farmers worldwide, including from the US, Israel, Italy, Holland, Brazil and France, ” said Lior Doron, Netafim’s Director of Crop Management Technology.
“The project showed how uManage facilitates their work, improves their crop quality and yield, and, above all, reduces their water and fertilizer consumption. We will soon be upgrading uManage with a decision support module that will advise farmers as to which crops should be given highest priority, while considering future parameters such as annual weather forecast. In this way, the system will actually optimize the farmers’ decision-making process.”
Netafim began the development of the uManage platform three years ago. It is available to users as a software as a service (SAS) for $330 per year. Sales of began in May
Netafim also plans to market it to the producers of seeds, fertilizers and pesticides so that they will be able to integrate their individual management systems into uManage, thereby making it a uniform system for all types of agriculture.