Last week we talked about the importance of water data and how that data is being used by AQUAOSO to help banks make lending decisions. But how can growers collect and organize their own water data at the farm level?
SWIIM System is a water accounting software that CEO Kevin France likens to sort of a Quickbooks for water accounting.
France… “Those that are using agricultural water are worried about their inflows, which are all of their water rights and water allocations and precipitation. They're worried about their outflows, which is consumption of that water and the difference, the delta, of that input and that output needs to be balanced to improve the amount of water consumed on their field versus that which is applied.”
France says that effectively accounting for this water helps growers to know where and when they can become more efficient in their operation.
France… “They can access it real time. And then every week they receive a water accounting report, and through looking at those and using them in their management methodologies, you know, where they're meeting with their irrigation manager every week and adjusting irrigation schedules. Just by visualizing that data, they put themselves in a position where they can start seeing efficiencies occur throughout the season instead of trying to wait until the end of the season to make decisions.”
For more information about water accounting, visit www.swiim.com.