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Preliminary Data from University of Nebraska Research & Extension  Center Study using Simplot Monitoring Sensors – Aug 25,2022 update

 

Preliminary sensor data shows all of the following using Idem sprinklers on existing pivots:
- Reduced water days of stress
- Improved root activity & depth
- Increased water saturation at every soil depth
- Reduced water loss due to evaporation & wind 
- Predicted higher yield using the same amount of water

Stress Days:

One of the significant differences between the control group fields and the Idem Irrigation fields is in regards to stress days.  The control group has recorded many more days of water stress; while the Idem fields have not had a single day of water stress in the last 30 days.

Crop Stress Days Chart

Each additional day of water stress can result in a 3-6% drop in final yield depending on the stage of the corn's growth lifecycle.   This reduction in Days of Water Stress is why we predict higher yields from fields using Idem Irrigation.

Center Pivot Soil Saturation Chart

Soil Saturation was measured using Simplot monitoring sensors in all 6 fields (3 Idem fields, 3 Control Group fields).   Depths measured are 4/8/12/16/20/24/28/32/36” below the surface.

Soil Saturation:
The easiest way to see the benefits of the Idem irrigation system is to look at soil saturation levels.   Idem saturation percentage levels are higher across the board compared to the control fields.  This is due to the reduction in water loss to wind and evaporation that the Idem sprinkler head technology offers.

Usage of Idem Irrigation has replenished and increased the saturation percentage at 12” soil depth, While the control group fields have struggled to replenish the saturation at this depth.

Crops Soil Saturation Chart

The largest increase in saturation occurs at 12” soil depth, where our fields have saturation levels 40%+ higher than the control group fields. 

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