Upgrades to older pivot control systems and 360 Rain- A Quick Look at a Robotic Irrigation and Nutrient Application System

February 27, 2024

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One of the newest ideas in irrigation is 360 Rain, a system that can use as little as 200 gpm to water up to 180 acres. We will explore how it may fit into Midwest crop production.

With over half of Michigan/Indiana center pivot over 20 year in age there is plenty of room for improvement. Let’s explore how this new style of control system can be used to breathe efficiency into old equipment.

The 2024 MI Ag Ideas to Grow With conference was held virtually, February 19-March 1, 2024. This two-week program encompasses many aspects of the agricultural industry and offers a full array of educational sessions for farmers and homeowners interested in food production and other agricultural endeavors. While there is no cost to participate, attendees must register to receive the necessary zoom links. Registrants can attend as many sessions as they would like and are also able to jump around between tracks. RUP and CCA credits will be offered for several of the sessions. More information can be found at: https://www.canr.msu.edu/miagideas/

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So Michigan Ag Ideas to Grow With is a group of programs in the Ag sector. Everything from dairy farming to horticulture that happen over about a two week period of time. As we're about time here, we decided we ought to have something talking about what's new coming up first is a piece of electronic equipment that can help outfit older equipment and bring it up to snuff. As far as electronics in one foul swoop. Tanner, let us know what we can do with field net. Perfect. I appreciate the opportunity to speak at this event and I think it's important. I appreciate you guys hosting this meeting and it's a good topic to talk about. Yeah. As he said, I'm going to talk a little bit today about the technology that we can offer through Fieldnet. I guess first of all, the introduction here, my name is Tanner Oliphant. I'm the director of a technology sales for Lindsay. I oversee the Field Net Field Net Advisor technology. That's the retrofit technology that essentially provides the grower the ability to have an extension of that center pivot and brings the control and monitor and some additional features that we'll talk about today in the palm of their hand, on their smartphone, tablet or their computer. I've spent about 15 years, I guess, professionally, in the Precision irrigation, precision irrigation management space, in various capacities in about the first third of my career, more on the agronomic, the crop consulting side, Using a lot of this technology from a consultant side to help growers better be more efficient with their irrigation. And then spent the last, last, I guess two thirds of my career on the manufacturer side. My passion of mine is this type of stuff, educating, bringing this technology to growers in real world scenarios. To show them what's available and how they can use it to be more efficient, more sustainable with their operation and their irrigation. By all means, I'll throw my contact information up on the screen at the end of my session And feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions in general about precision irrigation technology. To just dive in a little bit with field net. Just a little history. Just in general with telemetry and the Internet of Things, where we started connecting pivots to the cloud and being able to control them. Several companies came out with various products right around that 2003 range. Field Net came out really fully to the market in 2006. The hardware has gotten smarter, the panels have gotten smarter. What we're able to do with those machines has expanded significantly from back in the early days when you just used to get a text message as a status alert. Hey, this is what your pivot is doing, this is where it's at. It still pumping water to really fully economists ability to control those machines through variable ray speed control or even down to individual nozzle. But really between now and 2006, a lot of strides have been made on the software side, what you can do as a grower with those machines. Take a 30 year old pivot that's got a mechanical panel on it, which is largely what we'll talk about today. And being able to retrofit that with a low cost device that essentially can upgrade that machine to give you most of the capabilities of what a new computer panel would be that would come on a new machine. That's what we're going to go through today. But that's just a little history of the progression of technology that's come from where it started to where we are today. And then the things that are coming down the pipeline will only get more advanced. But the main thing is is that this stuff has to be easy to use on the grower end with field that we just launched a new user interface that is a farmer first just making it again, making it easier for the grower to be able to have an extension of that pivot. If you have 20 different machines and they all have different panels on them, if you were to go to that panel, each machine is going to act in the process to start that pivot or to change the speed is all going to look and feel a little different at the panel where if you put remote monitor control on that machine and extend it out to your phone or your computer, everything is going to look and feel very similar. You don't have to remember, check this box. Check that box at the panel. It all becomes very easy to use once you get familiar with it. Looking at the value. I caught a little bit of the end of the previous presentation. It sounded like you were talking about water reporting. So that's another way we'll hit on that. How that process can be a lot easier to collect the data that you need remotely using technology like Field Net to be able to track your as applied water data and then submit that. We'll talk about that today as well. But essentially, I'm going to run through this all pretty high level just to be respectful of everybody's time. Typically I would ask how many people in the room have a controller on their machine and usually about half raise their hand, maybe a little more depending on where you're at. But that number is continuing to grow. That's encouraging that the adoption of this technology is continuing to rise, but as far as the value goes at a high level, being able to monitor those machines where easily able to retrofit that to be able to quickly in the time it makes takes to make a pot of coffee. You can pull up your phone, you can quickly see what the status of the machines are they running, what the speed is, If there's anything that stopped or got stuck in the middle of the night or throughout the day, that's going to alert you to that change in the status of that irrigator. Being able to call your dealer, send somebody out to a certain pivot that's not running. That should be running can also save a lot of time just from a simple time and money and fuel and wear and tear on vehicles, but also help you allocate people to do other things across the farm. Just because we know labor is also a major challenge that you have. Time is something that we can't make more of during the day. Just being able to stay in the know of what that machine is doing, the pumps are doing, and then being able to then extend that to being able to control those machines used today. As a perfect example, we've got chances of rain across the country. I know up in your part of the world, most people probably are not irrigating quite yet. Thankfully, there's parts of the country that are, as you go south, if a rainstorm comes in during the growing season, you hear thunder in the middle of the night, you can quickly pull up, if you've got a digital rain bucket wired into that panel, you can actually see how much rainfall is falling across that field. And then you could quickly stop that machine from the comfort of your home without having to drive out in the middle of the night or just letting those pivots run through. And time of period where you're actively getting rainfall when you don't necessarily need to do that, like in areas where it's more supplemental irrigation, that's even more important just because certain crops don't like wet feet. Having too much water can also have a detrimental effect on your yields. Just like not having enough water, Being able to control those pivots, move them out of the way while you're planting and harvesting, instead of having to get out of the machine to go pivots, controlling your gun settings to make sure you're not watering a road. There's all sorts of ways we can control those machines. Then we can get into more of the variable rate irrigation as far as speeding the pivot up, slowing it down to apply the amount of water on the right part of the field when we get into the analyze and applied thing. Historically water has been one of the least, I would say, track inputs across the field when it comes to precision Ag, a lot of times if we're doing variable rate planning, variable rate fertilizer, we've got high tech yield monitors, typically in the combines or the harvesters being able to actually see how much water you applied throughout the growing season and where that water was applied gives you another data layer that's actually one of the most yield, you know, bigger yield impacts inputs across the farm is water is one of our biggest yield limiting or enhancing inputs across the farm that we can actually say, okay, maybe we have a low spot in the field that we put a different amount of water on. It's a heavier soil type or a lighter soil type being able to pull that as applied water data and then look back over your as applied planting, your fertilizer and your harvest data can actually help you give you good quality data to determine, okay, am I making the right decisions with my water? Because historically it's been hard to track that. We just wing it. We think we put on a certain amount of water in this part of the field, but we're not really sure. Also, it's like putting a heart rate monitor on that machine. You're going to keep track of everything. The hours it's run, the gallons it's pumped, and where that water. That's also a very important piece of the puzzle. As we get into the key benefits of retrofitting these machines. Obviously, time saving is going to be an important factor to be able to. We have, the saying is that you should run the pivot. The pivot shouldn't run you. And growing seasons, a lot of time, as far as growers that have younger families, kids playing baseball games and so on, they can now be at a kids baseball game and be able to quickly pull up those irrigators on their phone and be able to quickly see if anything going on. Maybe take a family vacation during the summer, which used to be unheard of. Still might be for some of you, but it makes it maybe a little closer to getting you there. Saving money. Smarter irrigation decisions, data driven decisions. Obviously, sustainability is a big topic right now and it's an important topic in certain areas of the country and in the world. Water is a very scarce resource. Where I grew up on my family farm in southwest Kansas, we were allocated to 14 acre inches a year. If we could be shutting that pivot off and not wasting any water, then we definitely would like to take advantage of that. Saving time and money and conserving our resources and then also maximizing yield. That's obviously getting the right amount of water in the right location. The field at the right time is very important. But also when do we irrigate, making sure that understanding your variability in your soil pipes and really understanding the current crop stages and demand of water at that specific crop stage is really going to help impact your bottom line. To make sure you're producing the best crop for maybe a purchaser that you're selling your crop to. Or just ultimately overall better yields. That's going to affect your bottom line. It all plays together in irrigation. I say each field is like a canvas. It's an art form. There's really no right way that someone's going to say this is how you should irrigate this specific field. You got to take all the data and the variability and your pumping capabilities. How much water you can put down in a certain amount of time and factor that in the equation. And that's where something like field net or having a controller on that machine, that gives you a lot more control over what you can do with that pivot. Whether it's a 20 year old pivot or a 20 month year old pivot or a brand new machine, it really brings that level up to expanding that technology across an entire operation. And not having to say, just because a pivots 2030 years old means I can't do some of these more advanced irrigation implementation of this technology because you can retrofit it to those machines. Talking a little bit, just a high level overview of hardware. Obviously, if you've quoted a new pivot from any supplier, most of those suppliers are going to give you an option to buy computer panels. The computer panels that comes with a new machine. It's going to have the telemetry built right there in the panel. You're going to have the ability to control, monitor those pivots wired into a digital flow meter. You can remotely start those machines if it's on an electric well, if it's a diesel engine, you still most likely will have to go out there and drive the machine to start it, but you can still at least shut the machine off and monitor the status remotely sectional BRI, being able to change the speed by angle. Maybe you got a pivot road that you want to speed it up over, no sense in water. And that, and then also variability and Sal type positioning, auto restart, auto stop. And there's a lot of other things you can do. Most computer panels, you could retrofit a computer panel onto an older machine or it's going to come with a new machine that you purchase from Zomatic or from any of the other Probably suppliers that you may have gotten a pivot quote from in the last seven years or eight years. I'm guessing the second option here is just a lower cost retrofit. Essentially what this is doing this devices, as long as the integrity of that existing panel is still in pretty good shape. As far as the enclosure, what we're doing is pulling the 480 volt disconnect. And essentially that's really the only thing that's still active inside that host panel. Everything else is run into this control box has very basic control features as far as being able to start the machine at the panel, being able to speed it up. If you got someone coming into the field to spray, they can still move the machine out of the way, kick it up to 100% get it out of the way, slow it back down, and then if you change the speed remotely, the person on the phone or computer is going to override whatever's there next. You can also, one important thing is you can lock these panels out remotely. Some people are worried that if I'm starting a machine remotely, do I have to worry about from a safety aspect, or maybe I got some machinery that's parked out in the field that I don't want to start the pivot, pivot remotely because I'm worried about someone getting hurt or running a piece of machinery over in feeling that you can actually lock it out. Where the person that locked it out is the only one that can unlock. It actually puts a 24 hour lock period on there, so no one else could start the pivot remotely. If someone knew that there's a reason why that panel shouldn't be locked out, I just wanted to hit on the safety side of that. Again, this is going to enable a lot of the same features that the computer panels enable VRI, GPS positioning. And essentially it takes over the panel. There is a device at the tower for this particular unit that has GPS and pressure transducer, so you can monitor the tower pressure as well. Here's just a look here. Essentially, this also adds auto reverse capability to a machine. If you currently couldn't have a machine that can change directions, this would add that capability to that machine where you could maybe windshield wipe over one half of the field versus another half. Maybe you got split planted crops or you just want to back the pivot up when you're harvesting, get it out of the way. This would allow you to be able to do that as well. The next step down, just taking you from computer panel down to some of the lower cost options. This is a pivot control light. Essentially, this is just an in tower device. You're still using all the full functionality of your existing mechanical panel or if you've got a computer panel. But this is going to give you the ability, again, in power pressure, you can control the speed. You can't start the machine remotely with this particular device. But like I said, if you were on a diesel engine, maybe you don't need the ability to start the pivot remotely. It's built in. You can still do variable rate speed control speed the pivot up. Slow it down, it's going to keep track of your as applied water data, show you the position of it. Cable theft, monitoring. But again, I mentioned this particular device is not going to replace that panel that's still there so you can still walk up to the existing panel, start to change directions, setting guns, whatever you want to do, but you can also do that remotely from the controller. As far as gun and speed control, the least cost option here, this is a self service device. This is just simply a Bolton. You've got a pressure transducer, that's really the only plumbing you need to do. There's no wires involved. It's a solar device. There's no control with this particular device, but it still keeps track of where the pivots at. It's going to send you status updates and also give you the as applied water data from the machine. Again, keeping track of how much water you're applying, how fast the machine is walking. It's going to feed those as applied irrigation reports that you're able to pull through the software. Then the next thing as far as the controller, then I'll get into a little bit about the software here. This is an M two control. This is a pump controllers where you can actually marry this to a pivot, pivot A and pivot B are both running, but you want the pump to shut down Only if pivot B shuts down. You can program it. It's very customizable. You can wire in a digital flow meter, but it's going to give you the ability to control and monitor the status of anything with a relay. If you wanted to kill a diesel engine that doesn't have buried wire. Monitor a hog barn fan or a grain bin fan hook into a pressure sensor, 420 milli tank monitors. So if you've got a fertilizer tank there sitting at the pivot or at a remote pump site like a Swiss army knife that you can add and it integrates into the software. It's an extension of, instead of burying wire, you can remotely marry it through the cloud. So it has its own telemetry device built in as well. Again, in the software, essentially like I mentioned before, if you have this type of technology on your machines, everything's going to look and feel very similar. The pivots circles see here on the screen. One of these machines could be a brand new pivot and these could be 2030 year old machines. But when you click on that device, it's going to have a lot of ability to change the guns, stop the machine, change directions, you can run as applied water reports. But it's going to be a very similar look and feel regardless of what that age of that machine is or the brand of the machine. It's going to all look and feel very similar as far as how you set in guns, how you change the speed, how you stop them, how you start them if you have that capability, and so on. Again, like I mentioned, that high level overview that gives you your irrigation status across the farm. And then also you can set customized alerts to say, okay, if the pivot gets stuck in the middle of the night I want to text message. Or if it loses pressure power, et cetera, changes directions. It's all very customizable. Getting in more of some of the data that you can get. This is where from me working as my agronomy background, this is the stuff where I see beyond just the monitor control and time savings and efficiency that that can bring you as the data outputs that you can get here. Essentially what this graph here or this view here on the left is the same map view. So you just come up here, you have the ability to get irrigation overview. So when I talk about submitting your As applied water reports, that's going to give you a PDF or a CSV file of how many hours of pivots run between a selected date, how many gallons it's pumped, the average pressure, how many hours it was running, wet versus dry. It gives you just a lot of that information that you can submit when you're having to report your water. If you have it wired into a digital flow meter, it's going to use the data from that digital flow meter. If you don't have the digital flow meter, then it's going to use the calculations of length of machine, how many hours it takes to make a full revolution at 100% the estimated flow. And then we're going to keep track of how fast the pivots running and to mask and generate that report. This particular view here is a water pressure report. It's looking at the fluctuation change in water pressure as it's going around that field between predetermined date range. You can go in there and customize that where this can be really helpful as if you're running a corner arm as the guns coming on and off. Maybe you're trying to decide if there's a need for a VFD to be implemented. But really just trying to help with water efficiency to say, okay, is this pressure a loss in this southwest corner of the field affecting my yield? And you can go back in your yield maps and say, hey, we didn't really know we're losing that much pressure, but this could be why we're struggling with producing our yields in that part of the field. It can help, maybe guide your decision making process. If you were running variable rate speed control, this is applied to irrigation. Again, I was talking about if you have certain parts of the field that maybe this is a heavier solar type in this part of the field, but this is a lighter solar type. You can program that real easily from the desktop phone or your desktop computer or your app to be able to quickly change the rates going on that. Or if you're pumping fertilizer through the machine, maybe you want to invert that VRI speed control prescription to maybe not put as much water through the pivot on the sand side, sand soil, so you're not pushing that nitrogen through the root zone. Those are all things that give you really quick and easy flexibility to look at. Since we are tracking the as applied data, we actually can put in our type and our planning date using local weatherized data. The system actually can help give you an irrigation recommendation based off your crop stage. Keeping track of that, we use the as applied water data through the pivot. We track the estimated rainfall and it's going to give you this nice recommendation as well. Also some tools built into this that can help guide you to decide when do I need to start that pivot or not. Here's just another data layer as far as seamless management, being able to quickly click through controlling the machines, to looking at as applied water reports, to pressure reports, to crop water use reports. It's all very seamless data you can retrofit onto those older machines. Can really upgrade the capabilities of what you can and can't do through those machines. Bringing it leading edge technology to help ultimately help you make more informed decisions. I know I'm running through this real quick, but again, just make sure I hit my timeline. Some of just the key takeaways is, you know, what may not be on here is that if you've got questions about technology, how this all works, you can go into your local thematic dealer or any of your local irrigation type dealers and ask them about the technology that they have available At Lindsay, we really try and develop our products as farmer first usability, including myself and a lot of the product managers, the engineers behind the scenes, they're farm kids. We grew up on irrigated farms, so we know the struggles that you as an irrigator go through It and building products to try and help alleviate that, some of the challenges and overcome those across the operations. Every input across Ag has become more expensive over the last years. It's not getting cheaper to run a machine. Labor is not getting any cheaper. Time is priceless, and adding this type of technology can really help overcome some of those efficiency issues. But also from a water reporting and an agronomic standpoint that make your lives a lot easier to make your operations more profitable. Ease of use is very important on the front of our mind. Probably don't have time for questions, but I did put my e mail here. If anyone wants to e mail me and would like to have a question answered, I'm happy to have you reach out. You can also go to this website here and you can walk through some videos that go in a little more depth of some of the stuff that I covered today. Also, there's a demo on there where you can walk in and click around. We'd be happy to answer your questions. And again, like I said, I think my time is up, but I really appreciate this opportunity. Very passionate about, about irrigation management and how I can help, you know, you, the grower, be more profitable, be more efficient, and make this process of trying to decide, you know, what implementation across the operation is going to make you money and make you more profitable and make you more efficient. And I'm happy to help kind of guide you down that path if I can. So I appreciate the opportunity, and Lyndon, I think I hit my time right on the head here. Yeah, you're almost like the politicians. You went right to the deadline. Taylor represents a company that a lot of you've seen in the popular press about this robotic irrigation. It's a real new take on how we would irrigate. I've visited a couple of the fields that they have in Ohio and Indiana, and I was really impressed with what we do. It's not the same as irrigation that I'm familiar with, but it really has a place in agriculture. I'm Taylor Pulver. I am a 360 rain dealer, and as Lyndon alluded to before, we were having a bunch of field days this last spring and summer. And also going forward into this coming spring and summer, we're going to be having a lot of field days throughout Indiana, Southern Michigan, Western Ohio for the 360 rain system. This is a new type of irrigation system that is fully autonomous. And it's a combination between what you might see as a sprayer and then also a drag line or a traveler. We're long hose, we have 3,000 feet of hose on this machine. We're taking that as our lifeline. That's at a connection point in the middle of the field and we are applying water by banding it by the root base. So a little background about like 360 Yield Center. 360 Yield Center is a company that specializes in banding nutrients. That's what we're all about. Whether it's on the planter or on the sprayer. You might be aware of wide drops being in agriculture and that's what we're taking to water, taking a whole nother step. So when we think about just corn, corn and how it takes in nutrients, we're all about the nitrogen cycle and the uptake cycle. When we're trying to think through a system of how do we best utilize our inputs. Get the most amount of yield out of the least amount of inputs. We're always thinking about that uptake curve. We chased different types of irrigation between maintenance, between expense. We were just having a hard time finding a solution that can take irrigation where it's never been possible before. That's where 360 rain was born out of. When we think about irrigation in general, we're used to circular pivots, being able to go in semi or square fields. But we also have a lot of odd shaped fields that where pivots really don't work. Or we have maybe higher water holding capacity soils and we don't need nearly as much water, but we know those key inches really impact yield. These pictures in these slides are actually sites we've had rain systems working on for the last year or two. You can see we can cover a wide spectrum of acres it usually determine or it depends on how well and how efficiently we can use that 3,000 feet of hose that we have on the system. So we've got systems all the way from 182 acres, 211 acres, and then in the bottom of the 90 acres, which is an extreme L shaped field, in that field, we're actually working around power poles. We're working, that farmer has also a field that has a bunch of windmills in it. So when we start talking about obstacle avoidance, we talk about odd shaped fields. These rain systems are able to go around obstacles and hit about 98, 99% of that field moving. So when we think about how does the system irrigate, this little cartoon right here is talking about is just showing you how that irrigates, we have that center point where the riser is popping up out of the field. And we're connected to that as our life line. As the system goes down the middle of the field, it will run over some corn, but that is what we call our 50 line or our backbone. The middle of the field that we create all of our paths off of. So the system is going, taking a left and turning down the rows. It'll water the outside drops. And then as it backs up, it's going to water the inside drops, all while applying about a half inch of water. We're really utilizing that by banding and applying it in the foliage inside the canopy of the crop. As the system goes down and applies, you can see as it applies, half on the outside, half on the inside. We're keeping our tires dry at all times. Really trying to reduce compaction, reduce any possibility of getting or just reduce the ruts of the machine that are going through the field. Having a lot of success with that. There is a front boom on that. This gives a really good diagram of how that system is moving. You can go ahead and hit the next slide. So what makes this all possible is a system of sensors that are basically helping us with direction. This system, right, you're looking at the back end of the machine. This is a angle sensor that measures the, the angle of the hose as we're turning. And allows us to tell the machine to push out more, push out more, suck in more hose or vice versa. We go from the angle sensor and then it also goes into about a two wheel machine. Where we have grip and that's the traverser helping us with our wraps. As you go farther and deeper into the machine, you can kind of see a square box where the hose is coming out of, that's called the sag meter, measuring sag of the hose coming into the machine. All these systems are helping us understand and be able to put the hose where it needs to lie. This allows us to, when we're going around a curve that we're not pulling too much and we're just knocking down corn all season long, or we're pushing corn over the other direction. These systems are very important and that's what sets this system apart. Not only the banding of the water, but just being able to have that full control over your hose autonomously with minimal corn damages is very unique to this machine. So you can go ahead to the next slide. Here are some specs I included in the screen as well. This machine is built on 120 inch centers. This machine, when it's fully built and loaded with hose over 16 foot tall. The system is designed to be able to go all season long from the time you plant all the way to tassel. We know whenever there's tasseling corn, we're thinking about grain fill, even whatever moisture, whatever water we put out there, we're really add grain to that. Kernel. System is designed to go through the corn crop all season long. It has three inch hose on it and we put 3,000 feet of hose. But we usually leave about 50 feet on that machine, whether, you know, if you ever have a kink for whatever reason or if you happen to. For instance, we had a tillage implement or a blade go through one of our hoses. There was a farm hand that wasn't paying much attention and we warned him about the system being out there. And he ran over the hose and we had to actually patch it. So the fact that we left 50 feet on there, we didn't have to change his paths for him. We just patched the hose with our connectors and we were back in business. So we offer 60-80 foot options depending on what size of planter you're planting with. This is a there's a diesel powered engine on there. It's a 24 horsepower engine and there's 300 gallons of diesel fuel on this machine. We're only using about a half gallon an hour. So you're going to fill up every 33.5 weeks. All this diesel engine is doing is recharging batteries. This is an electric machine running on 12 volt and a 48 volt system. It has six motors throughout the machine for moving hose in and out to run in the wheels, to run in our manure bucket system. That's a little bit of the rain spec, so we can go to the next slide. Then also another couple of components of it. We have a planter GPS package. This is a system, as I'll show further in the slide deck of a system that goes onto the planer itself and helps with the mapping process. You also will receive a base station package as well. And this base station stays in the field and is our critical GPS point where we base all of our measurements, all of our paths off of. There is a cell service that is required. It's a subscription plan that the growers have been handling. On that end, we are able to a 60 foot boom can cover up to 37 acres a day. That's based on about a half inch. Then an 80 foot boom can cover up to that 50 acres a day with a larger boom. That way a lot of flexibility with this system. If you want to continue to the next slide, we'll cover also a little bit what goes into making a 360 in system work. And continue on the first piece of the puzzle that we've got to solve or talk through as a customer, when we're helping advise what to do with the rain system, we've got to find our water source. So here are a couple of examples of what we've done. Obviously a well is our first op, or our first choice. But the beauty of the system is, is we're going where irrigation hasn't been possible before and we still need those key inches throughout the season. So you can see the dairy, that we actually had a system here the past season that we're applying manure through the system as well. That's a freshwater lagoon. East of that building, that freshwater lagoon was, I think it was about an eight or 9 million gallon lagoon. And that helped feed us a water source all season long. So there's several different strategies that we can talk through. Obviously, wherever water is available, we usually design the system around that you can continue on. This is an example of a base station. We then install a base station. This is what it would look like in the field back behind the dairy. We installed this point and this is what we connect when we're planting. We connect to it when we're planting, and we record all of our data through the system. This is also where all your pump controls will be inside the box, you are able to wire in your flow meters, your pressure sensors, pumps, and we can all autonomously control those and report those into our apps. You can fully see anytime that machine stops, anytime we pick up a loss and bucket pressure, we pick up a tire not moving. We have safeties and error codes in there that will shut the machine down. It'll shut your pump down. So your well, your manure pump and your machine and throw an error code to you for you to check on it. Some things are very simple error codes that can be fixed from your home or from your office. Others require a visit to the field. This is a really neat system that the base station, you wire everything in there and we can control it through the app. You can continue the next slide and then we also have the planner equipment. And kind of what I alluded to, we mount these towers to the planner and record where that planar tower is at within your customer app. These towers basically allow us to map the field everywhere the Planner goes. This tower is recording. That's what gives us the flexibility to go around odd shaped fields, go around obstacles. We map it with this planner system. We also, as a dealer, will bring out a Gator to the field as well and we're going to map a Geo fence around the perimeter of your field. This is basically a box that we create map inside that box. We also will mark your riser, we'll mark your obstacles so that we have firm geo fences that the machine cannot go to. We have the flexibility to add no fly zones, knock out passes, and just really edit this to the customer's liking. Go ahead to the next slide. Then This video, I think shows a little bit of the planter that we were working with. It's a little video but basically as you go, we created that Geo fence and basically you're coloring inside the lines every pass you're making, we're making marks and then we upload that up to the cloud and we just create your customer paths for you at that point. It's accurate within fractions of an inch. I mean, you see the base station behind with the pick up and that's how we get your field ready for the growing season. So continue the next page. At the end, this is what your field will look like on a map. You can see at the top, there's a riser there that we're connected to. We're actually using his head lands as his backbone. That's where we're turning in and out of. Depending on your size of field, we can be flexible to use either your end rows or, you know, if it's a large field, 200 acres or 180 acres, it's going to have to be more in the middle of the field where that backbone will be. So this is an example of those paths will look like, so we can hit your headlands and everything there. Continue on. I also want to share a little bit about the past 2023 growing season. As Lyndon alluded to, this is a very new system. We have been beta testing for the last few years, and we're actually in 2025, We're reaching full production. We're ready to start taking systems to Indiana Michigan, Ohio, and we're ready to start installing those systems. But here are some of the test results and some of the customer examples of what we've been able to do with this system. If you want to continue to the next page or the next slide. This right here is a test field that we had in Tremont, Illinois. This actually was divided up, you can see the different strips within there. Continue the next slide. The north side was corn on corn, and we ran trials with rain applying 6.5 ". And then also we did a corn wheat study. And we'll continue and follow what this field did throughout the season. Continue the next page. You can see here the differences on that corn, on corn field, just from the height of the plant all the way to the ear size. And what just that 6.5 " really did throughout the season, continue the next page. Initially, when we were walking in this field, it was showing about a 51 bushel gain. Just from just looking at what the ears were doing, it looked like those key inches at key times was really having an impact on that corn crop in Illinois. Next slide, you can see here too, you can start seeing the differences in the yield monitor. You can see on the north side, you can see a couple strips that are bright red. And then also where that continues on in the non irrigation sections that we were monitoring. Continue the next slide as we break those out. The corn on corn, you can see we gained about 47.3 bushels that big of an advantage with those inches of water rather than the natural rainfall. Then as we continued on, that corn wheat was even drastically different as well. Continue on to the next slide. Here's a video of what we're planting into. This is out in Illinois. Or maybe it's not a video, a picture right there. But the picture is showing that planter planting into that wheat and the conditions we're planting into. Very dry and very tough no till conditions. Continue to the next slide. And this is what that corn crop looked like. This is the non irrigated corn that was coming through from our understanding, talking to local agronomis. Also, when you plant into a grass crop like wheat, as those root masses decay, there's toxins that are left in the soil having a dry summer that we had. I also saw this replicated in Ohio where we didn't have the rain system out there and we looked like we were growing pineapples out in the field. These toxins were just basically poisoning the plant out there without any water to wash that through the soil system. The soil this is what we had. Continue. The next page. Next slide. And this was the irrigated corn that we were running. And this was just firing up the rain system. And within a matter of about 24 to 48 hours, we had two drastically different stories happening from those key inches. Really verifying that, you know, those key inches do matter at the right time. And also this rain system now gives us an insurance policy whether it's running into a double crop scenario, giving you a whole nother tool in your basket of tools to raise a good second crop. Or maybe it was planted in the spring time, like my growers here in western Ohio, into clay. And we have a real wet spring, the water turns off, and also now that clay soil is crusting over, and now we have crusting issues with no, we don't know if the crops going to survive or be able to poke through. Well, running a rain system over the top of it helped us soften the soil and allow that corn crop to come up out of the crust. So a lot of different ways we can use this system. So you can continue the next page. This is also showing the tasseling differences that we saw. You can obviously see the maturity. The corn crop was growing at a whole nother rate in maturity because we knew we had plenty of water, plenty of nutrients in the irrigated strips that just kept pushing that yield higher. Continue on. Again, just drastic differences in the sizes. And continue the next slide. Then also as we get through that corn wheat crop, corn planted into wheat. And we can see the drastic difference in that double crop. Whereas, you know, cover crop, no till we would have ended up with about 170 bushels to the acre, we actually ended up with 85 bushel more with those key inches with the rain system, when we talk about dairies and using forage crops, whether it's planted into Trita, or they get that corn crop planted into June. After they get that Trityl taken off. We're having a really high success here in western Ohio with double cropping and using the rain system to really give us an insurance policy to really ensure that we have a really good feed source throughout the year for the dairies in our area. And this is kind of simulated of what those yields could look like. Continue on to the next slide. This two was out in Nebraska. So when we start thinking about using water efficiently, we hear all the time, we don't know the limits of where rain could go at this time. But as we work with other universities and we work in different scenarios, it's going to become much clearer. But this was an interesting story that came out in Nebraska, that Colfax County, where a farmer installed a rain system, and then we also had a pivot system. It looked like with banding we had, you can see with picking up 98% of that field, we're able to raise the yield of the entire field rather than having those dry corners. So we're eliminating dry corners, working around his obstacles and basically taking irrigation and banding it inside the canopy, down at the root base, instead of spraying it over the top. And you can kind of see what those maps kind of look like. So if you continue the next slide, the results show there. Now I preface that this is the dry corners they did see about with irrigation and non irrigation. Another in that 87, 80, 90 bushel advantage. Continue to the next slide. This also is another example of Martin County, Minnesota. As we go through these scenarios, you're going to see that there's all kinds of different uses in all kinds of different places of the county. This is 2 " applied. This is I think they did about five passes with rain at lower doses. They irrigated most of that fields. If you continue the next slide, we saw about a 52 bushel advantage coming out of Minnesota this year. As we continue this data, it's really intriguing to see what we can do to raise those yields of those fields with minimal water. We got a minute to finish up. Okay, Perfect. Perfect. Now, also with these systems, one thing I didn't quite touch on, these systems require about 200 gallons a minute of water. So we're using a lot less water than a traditional pivot. And also two, we're using a lot of manure to be able to side dress throughout the season and bring side dress to the crop. And eliminate drag lining cost, eliminate nitrogen and fertilizer input cost, and use that fertilizer or that manure in a growing crop. So overall, the main message of 360 Rain is basically taking a system of delivering water where irrigation has been possible before making it more efficient. And then also being able to apply manure in season like it hasn't been able to before. With that, I don't know if would you mind going to the end of the presentation and showing that last slide? Like I said, I have a lot of content. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough time. But here's my information as well, if you do have any questions. This is my cell phone number that is our address. Rooted Agri Services is our company. We are quoting and mapping fields at this time. So you have any questions at all or would like your field looked at or mapped. Feel free to reach out. Email us. Call us and we would love to work with you and answer your questions. That's all I have at this time. Lyndon, thank you. I appreciate it. I like to look at new perspectives.