A review of mechanical move sprinkler irrigation control and automation technologies

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dc.contributor.author Kranz, W. L.
dc.contributor.author Evans, R. G.
dc.contributor.author Lamm, Freddie R.
dc.contributor.author O’Shaughnessy, S. A.
dc.contributor.author Peters, R. T.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-31T14:27:08Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-31T14:27:08Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-31
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/14630
dc.description.abstract Electronic sensors, equipment controls, and communication protocols have been developed to meet the growing interest in using center pivot and lateral move irrigation systems to deliver different irrigation depths to management zones based on previous production levels, soil texture, or topography. Onboard and field-distributed sensors can collect data necessary for real-time irrigation management decisions and transmit the information directly or through wireless networks to the main control panel or base computer. Equipment controls necessary to alter water application depth to meet the management criteria for relatively small management zones are now commercially available from irrigation system manufacturers and after-market suppliers. Communication systems such as cell phones, satellite radios, and internet-based systems are also available and allow the operator to query the main control panel or base computer from any location at any time. Selection of the communications system for remote access depends on local and regional topography and cost relative to other methods. Recent developments in the center pivot sprinkler industry have led to contractual relationships between after-market suppliers and irrigation system manufacturers that should support further development of technologies necessary to improve the management of water, nutrient and pesticide applications. Although the primary focus of this article is center pivot sprinkler irrigation, much of the discussion could also apply to lateral move sprinkler irrigation systems. en_US
dc.relation.uri http://elibrary.asabe.org/azdez.asp?search=1&JID=3&AID=41494&CID=aeaj2012&v=28&i=3&T=2&urlRedirect= en_US
dc.rights Copyright 2012 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers en_US
dc.subject Center pivot sprinkler en_US
dc.subject Distributed sensor networks en_US
dc.subject Site-specific irrigation en_US
dc.subject Variable rate irrigation en_US
dc.subject Wireless communication en_US
dc.title A review of mechanical move sprinkler irrigation control and automation technologies en_US
dc.type Article (publisher version) en_US
dc.date.published 2012 en_US
dc.citation.epage 397 en_US
dc.citation.issue 3 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Applied Engineering in Agriculture en_US
dc.citation.spage 389 en_US
dc.citation.volume 28 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid flamm en_US

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