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360 RAIN Robotic Irrigation Solution Can Apply 2 M+ Gallons Each Week

360 RAIN Robotic Irrigation Solution Can Apply 2 M+ Gallons Each Week

Revolutionizing Dryland Farming with Advanced Robotic Irrigation and Nutrient Injection

By Ryan Ridley
Farms.com

In the quest to redefine agricultural practices, 360 Yield Center unveils 360 RAIN a pioneering robotic irrigation system designed to meet the specific needs of dryland row crop farmers.  

Farms.com recently spoke with Justin Koch, Innovation Engineer with 360 Yield Center, about this game-changing robotic system.  

This innovative irrigation system represents a significant advancement in technology, promising to optimize water usage, enhance crop yields, and improve nutrient application efficiency. 

Robotic Irrigation Unleashed 
360 RAIN is equipped with 3,000 feet of hose and a 3-inch diameter, boasting the capability to pump 200 gallons of water per minute. 

It covers a 160-acre field in about five days, delivering a precise 0.3 inches of precipitation. This meticulous application ensures that crops receive just the right amount of water, optimizing growth conditions without waste. 

Targeting Dry Land Farmers 
Koch says the system caters to dryland row crop farmers who already achieve decent yields but know that an additional four inches of water annually can significantly impact their crops. 

With 360 RAIN farmers can expect an average yield increase of 30 to 50 bushels per acre, highlighting the system's effectiveness in boosting productivity. 

Enhancing Nutrient Management 
Beyond irrigation, 360 RAIN excels in nutrient management. The system allows for the injection of clear nutrients directly into the water stream, maximizing the efficiency of fertilizer use.  

It also introduces an innovative approach to manure management by blending and applying hog or dairy manure at rates of 700 to 1,000 gallons per acre. This method, applied in several split applications throughout the season, presents a substantial cost-saving opportunity by reducing the need for synthetic fertilizers. 

A Holistic Approach to Irrigation 
Koch explains that 360 RAIN stands out not only for its irrigation capabilities but also for its contribution to sustainable nutrient management. 

This dual functionality underscores 360 Yield Center's commitment to developing solutions that enhance agricultural productivity while ensuring environmental sustainability. 

Watch the video below to learn more about 360 Yield Center’s 360 RAIN – the robotic irrigation system. 




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