Syngenta and Lindsay Corp. are teaming up to offer the Water + Intelligent Irrigation Platform, a partnership to integrate ag inputs and agronomic management with irrigation management to maximize water use efficiency on irrigated corn.
The commercialization of the program was announced on Tuesday, Sept. 10, the opening day of Husker Harvest Days.
Syngenta's portion of the platform is agronomic. Crop specialists work with corn growers to look at entire production year and all of the inputs from choosing the right seed and seed treatment, the right weed and pest control, and the best production plan based on field by field analysis.
The role of Lindsay, the manufacturer of Zimmatic irrigation equipment, is through its Field Net system that helps growers get the most information possible about what is happening with their pivot system.
"It's part of the remote control package," says Lindsay National Sales Director Kirk Biddle. You can see what is happening at every point on the pivot."
He said an infield sensing capability feeds data to the producer so he can make better-informed decisions.
"The overall goal is for the growers to have a complete, holistic system that considers all the production equation from technologies to use and a water optimization plan that addresses the season-long needs of that field," said Chris Tingle with Syngenta.
He said Water + helps bring the newest and most novel technologies to the farmer in one easy to access place.
"This is about two market-leading companies bringing technologies together and resources to bear on solving problems for the industry. At the end of the day, it is about helping farmers grow more corn," Tingle said.
He added that for now, the focus is on corn but that Water + will be expanded to other crops as well.
"We're starting to look at rotational crops because we realize that in most cases a corn farmer is also a soybean farmer or a sunflower farmer or whatever else may work in his rotation."