Implexx Crop Water Use Forecast.



Overview

  • Receive a 14-day crop water use forecast estimated from the latest advances in space science and technology
  • Improve irrigation planning and management with a 14-day forecast of your crop water use
  • Couple crop water use with a 14-day weather forecast unique to your location
  • Fine scale resolution down to a block, paddock or site
  • Receive a daily email with easy to read yet comprehensive forecast
  • Choose between metric or imperial units

 

A 14-day forecast of your crop's water requirements

The Implexx Crop Water Use Forecast is an estimate of your crop's water requirements for the next 14 days. Irrigation planning and management can be vastly improved with an indication of how much water a crop requires.

Allocation and purchasing of water in advance can be more reliable if there is an indication of how much water a crop may require. Rather than basing decisions on guess work, the Implexx Crop Water Use Forecast provides a guide, or indication, on what may be required by the crop.

 

Example Implexx Crop Water Use Forecasts

 

How does it work?

An animation of CFSR global atmospheric precipitable water for March 1–15, 1993, in 12-hourly intervals

An animated image of CFSR global atmospheric precipitable water for March 1–15, 1993, in 12-hourly intervals. Source: NOAA.

The first step is to choose a crop of interest and note its location. The technicians at Implexx then upload the geographical coordinates of the site into our secure and private server.

Around midnight on each day, an email is received in your inbox with a PDF attachment. The PDF contains a 14-day forecast crop water use and weather forecast specific to your site.

Crop water use is derived from a series of canopy spectral reflectance values recorded by the European Space Agency satellite, Sentinel 2. The spectral values, also known as spectral bands, record light that is reflected from the crop's canopy in the visible and infrared wavebands. The canopy reflectance values are fed into a proprietary algorithm that has been developed by scientists at Implexx following years of careful research and observation. The output from the algorithm is crop water use for a specific location.

Weather forecasts are derived from the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) Global Forecast System (GFS). These data are supplemented with additional sources from a variety of inputs including airport observation stations, satellites, radar, the Internet of Things, and weather analyses and model outputs.

 

Proactive, forward thinking irrigation management

Currently, irrigation management decisions are based on what occurred in the past. Such information can be several days old and no longer reflect the true water requirements of the crop. The adage "the horse has bolted" certainly applies to this approach to irrigation management.

The Implexx Crop Water Use Forecast provides an estimate of future events. A forecast of possible crop water requirements allows irrigation management to be on the front foot and proactive on decision making. Rather than reacting to past events that are several days old, the Implexx Crop Water Use Forecast allows proactive, forward thinking decision making.

 

Hyper-local weather forecasts

The Implexx Crop Water Use Forecast has an added benefit of providing a hyper-local weather forecast. That is, you will also receive a personalised weather forecast of your site or location.

Weather forecasts from government stations can be a vast distance from your site or property. These forecasts are also based on conditions that do not reflect your local conditions. For example, many weather stations are located at the nearest airport where microclimate and weather conditions are significantly different from an agricultural or horticultural field.

The weather forecast provided alongside the crop water use forecast are based on a global reach of high resolution, 5 kilometre (3 mile) grids. Across the globe, there are over 200 million grid points that covers every land mass and region. This method ensures your location of interest is never more than 2 km, or 1.2 mi, away from an grid point—as opposed to potentially hundreds of miles away from the nearest airport observation station.

 

A comprehensive list of weather observations

The Implexx Crop Water Use Forecast includes a 14-day forecast of the following parameters:

  • Crop water use
  • Evapotranspiration (ETo)
  • Rainfall probability
  • Rainfall (precipitation)
  • Temperature
  • Dew point temperature
  • Relative humidity
  • Wind speed
  • Wind direction

 

Millimetres or inches? Celsius or Fahrenheit? Kilometres or miles?

The Implexx Crop Water Use Forecast can be personalised to your preference of units. When subscribing to the forecast, let us know which units of measurement you prefer: metric or imperial. It is possible to change your preference at any time.

 

Combine forecasts with actual crop water use

Actual crop water use can be measured directly with the Implexx Sap Flow Sensor.

The Implexx Sap Flow Sensor, also known as a crop water use sensor, is installed onto trees and can measure actual crop water use at 10 minute intervals.

A comparison can then made between forecast and actual crop water use for a comprehensive understanding of irrigation management.

Further information on how to measure crop water use.

 

 

Detailed Information

14-Day Trial

Subscribe now for the 14-day free trial

Subscribe for a 14-day trial period for a single site of your choice.

Each day, you will receive an email with a 14-day crop water use and weather forecast for the site of your choice.

The crop water forecast, as well as a hyper-local weather forecast, will be personalised for your crop and your site.

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