IrriDesk precision irrigation for vineyards and orchards

The IrriDesk technology developed by IRTA works with an algorithm and provides farmers with online recommendations for the best irrigation prescriptions. It can be integrated into existing platforms, where it is integrated with irrigation sensors and controllers.

IrriDesk is the result of an international research project, focused on the development of a precision farming solution. The goal of the technology is to improve irrigation management, increase water productivity and support crop improvement.

Positive improvements in yield and quality

Extensive field trials over the past 3 years have demonstrated positive yield and quality improvements in a range of high value crops including grapes, olives and almonds.

IrriDesk is well suited for use in high-value vineyards and orchards, says IrriDesk CEO Shaun Taylor. “So citrus fruits, almonds, pistachios, avocados, grapes, etc.”
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The platform can either follow a seasonal strategy – defined in advance – or propose a seasonal plan for a given scenario and operate autonomously, with user interventions if necessary. Its accuracy is backed by daily uploads from sensors and other external sources. Data enrichments and simulations can help produce new irrigation prescriptions transmitted to the irrigation controller.

IrriDesk application programming interface

The IrriDesk Application Programming Interface (API) enables unrelated applications to work together, share data, and allow users to collect and process data from external devices and applications. – Photo: IrriDesk

The IrriDesk Application Programming Interface (API) enables unrelated applications to work together, share data, and allow users to collect and process data from external devices and applications.

“IrriDesk is able to take ground sensing data and match it with satellite data and hyper-local weather data,” says Taylor. “That goes into our algorithm, taking into account soil type and crop type, and then we provide a 7-day prescription, which can directly feed a controller and set it to a path. But it can also be sent to an agronomist or farmer, who can review the plan and make localized decisions. »

Double digital

The technology also uses a digital twin. “It allows a farmer to take a prescription and model it around what they want to do. If a farmer in a vineyard, for example, wants to take water for a while to contract the growth and then later apply water to expand the growth, he can schedule this using the digital twin. »

According to Mr. Taylor, the interoperability of IrriDesk makes it easy to integrate the technology into an array of smart, industry-level irrigation devices. The IrriDesk API will be licensed as a free integration solution. End users can purchase a subscription.

Irridesk provides farmers with an all-in-one solution that improves quality and will provide a better return on investment

“Through the IrriDesk API, we enable large and small farmers to access the significant benefits of precision irrigation,” he says. “It offers significant improvements in irrigation performance by providing farmers with accurate irrigation plans for all major crop types. Irridesk provides farmers with an all-in-one solution that improves quality and will provide a better return on investment. »

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Extensive field trials have demonstrated positive yield and quality improvements in a range of high value crops including grapes, olives and almonds.  - Photo: Dan Meyers
Extensive field trials have demonstrated positive yield and quality improvements in a range of high value crops including grapes, olives and almonds. – Photo: Dan Meyers

Fertigation to add to IrriDesk

IrriDesk is currently looking to add a layer of fertigation to its irrigation technology. “We have a partnership with ICT Pumps and are working with them on adding fertigation, to match a precision irrigation plan with a precision fertigation plan.” Taylor expects this combined technology to be available in mid-2023.

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