Farming tasks like managing irrigation are now done remotely and it has almost become a norm for companies that market products in the farming sector. At present, monitoring pivots on a desktop PC, laptop, smartphone, or tablet are widely accepted for entrepreneurs who invest in the mentioned technology. However, one company took this a notch higher: Reinke, Nebraska-based manufacturer of irrigation products.
The company launched Reincloud Ag-Data Services, which according to Mike Mills, territory manager of the company is the first to go beyond center-pivot control to a true ag data service. With this innovation, the user can also gather ag data and at the same time capture center pivot information, which can be displayed in a central dashboard. This, makes managing around the farm easy, accurate, and hassle-free. To add, this cloud-based service ensures that any kind of data that is collected is saved in the secure cloud. Here, the subscriber can easily share information with authorised personnel.
It is important to note also that the first Reinke data collection tool that was developed is the RS300 Field Monitoring System. It is a base station that users can utilise to connect to other products. For instance, equipment such as weather stations can be connected to it and then send data to the cloud so that users can include the information that they gathered.
“Were just getting started with this system,” Mills says. “In the future, we can work with grain bin monitoring companies and other on-farm operations to provide remote monitoring with this system in the future.” He also notes that with the wide array of sensors that are being deployed in the agricultural sector, farmers can have access to more essential information than before.
Released just last fall, it can be said that ReinCloud is just getting started. On the other hand, the RS300 station can already interface with a wide array of weather- and climate-, soil-moisture-sensing and water-metering.