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Overview

The Connected Farm™ Irrigate website allows you to remotely manage pivot irrigation systems that are equipped with Irrigate-IQ communications and hardware components. Because the Irrigate-IQ™ precision irrigation solution can be installed on many pivot makes and models, you can now manage all your pivots in one place.

Once your pivots are equipped with the Irrigate-IQ solution and a connection is established, the system will receive information from your pivot. The system processes the pivot data via secure databases, and you can access and view the data on demand. You can also control your pivots remotely by sending commands such as start, direction, speed, scenarios, and more.

The site can be accessed via the Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome™ web browsers.

Note:The Microsoft® Internet Explorer web browser is not supported.

Feature Overview

Use the Connected Farm Irrigate website to manage all your Irrigate-IQ-equipped pivots in one place. You can:

  • Configure pivot settings such as end guns, sector control areas, or variable rate areas (if applicable).
  • View and monitor pivot speed, status (on/off), current voltage, pressure, and more.
  • Remotely control pivot status (on/off), material applied, speed, and direction.
  • Check system status so you can change your irrigation plan or control irrigators when they have stopped.
  • Receive text messages when a pivot’s status changes and stay informed on your operation.

Customers must purchase the Irrigate-IQ solution for their pivots in order to user the website as described in this document.

Cluster view

If you have access to more than one cluster of pivots, the following screen appears:

Cluster menu

If you have access to only one cluster, you are taken directly to the farm control view.

The cluster view enables you to view a list of all the clusters for which you have access. A cluster is a group of pivots. In this view, you can see a list of all your clusters as well as their locations on a map. Click a cluster on the list or on the map view to drill down to the farm control view.

Farm Control view

FarmCluster

Number Description
1 Area tabs (Variable, Effluent, Fertigation, Paddocks, and so on).

To create an area, click image059  in an area tab. The type of area created depends on the selected tab, for example, if you click image059 in the Paddock tab, a paddock is created, and if you click image059  in the No Spray tab, a no spray area is created.

2 A list of the pivots available for the cluster.
3 The Note tab. To enter a note, click image059 .
4 Map view of the pivots available for the cluster.
5 View high-level pivot status by clicking on the center point of the pivot.

Note – This menu allows you to create your areas, not control them. To control areas, use the Pivot Control view.

Selecting units

  1. On the Connected Farm website, click the drop-down menu below your user name and then select My Account :
    ChoosingUnits
  2. In the Unit System field, select your unit of choice from the drop-down menu.
    Note: Irrigate-IQ does not support Customize Unit System, choose either U.S. or Metric.

ChoosingUnits

  • Click Save. All units of measure will now be in your selected unit of choice.

Pivot Control view

In this view you can fully control the pivot, prescription rates, and substances (full VRI).

PivotControlView

The pivot control view enables you to:

Number Description
1 Configure areas and control depth and set up end gun bearings.
2 View pivot status (on/off), direction, and scenario.
3 Command the pivot to start/stop, change direction, and select application material. View coverage reports.
4 View map layers.

Accessing Pivot Control view

  1. In the grey header bar, select Pivot Clusters to access the Cluster view:
    Main menu page
  2. To navigate to the Farm Control view, you can either:
    • Select the cluster name on the status pane.
    • Select the cluster icon image005 on the map.
  3. If you have access to only one cluster, the Farm Control view appears where you can select any of your pivots from the Status pane:
    ClusterMenu2 6

Viewing status information

StatusInfoscreen

On the status pane, you can view the following information:

Symbol Description
1 Current schedule
2  The following is displayed below the Application depth heading:

  • Application depth
  • Speed percentage
  • Rotation time at current speed
3 Click on the center of the pivot to display additional status information, including:

  • Time of last update
  • Operating uptime
  • Direction
  • Bearing position
  • Pump status
  • Speed percentage
  • Pressure

Pivot symbols

Symbol Description
 image012 The pivot has not reported a valid status. Contact your reseller.
 image014 The pivot’s last reported status is over 12 hours old.
 image015 The pivot’s last reported status is less than 12 hours old, but no information on the its motion has been provided. Contact your reseller.
 image016 The pivot is currently moving in a forward (clockwise) direction.
 image017 The pivot is currently moving in a reverse (counterclockwise) direction.
 image018 The pivot has stopped.
 image019 The pivot has reported an invalid status. Contact your reseller.

Updating Status

Pivot status will update automatically :

  • Every 10 degrees or 3 hours.
  • When there is a change in the pivot status.
  • When an operation occurs at the pivot panel or via the software.

For customers with basic panels, status update time can be configured by contacting your reseller.

Display, Output, and Schedule

  • Display: Indicates the scenario you have chosen to edit and applies only to editing areas within that scenario. It will not alter the current scenario running on the pivot.
  • Output: Both the substance and chosen scenario of the pivot.
  • Schedule: Both the substance and chosen scenario and indicates how long this has been running.

Starting pivots

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On the control panel, tap the forward   or reverse   button, depending on the direction you would like it to travel.

If the last setting for material was set to Dry, click a material button (Water, Fertigation, Effluent) to apply the material. See Changing application materials.

Changing pivot speed

  1. Navigate to the percent timer and enter the required speed into the Speed field. Speed can range from 0-100%.
  2. To send the new speed to the pivot, click Set:
    SpeedControl

Note: The default setting on the user interface is 25% until you edit the speed using the software. This is regardless of the speed set at the center point.

Changing application materials

If you are running a scenario and would like to change from a substance to Dry, tap the dry iiq_ug_025 button. This will ensure that the current scenario runs, but that no substance is applied.

To switch from dry to a substance, either tap the button that applies to the current scenario, or change the scenario entirely. To do the latter, publish a scenario that applies to the new desired substance.

Substances

Note: If a pump has been turned on from the pivot, the Irrigate-IQ software does not know which material has been changed and it will continue to follow the loaded scenario. For example, if you have an effluent pump open, but are using a water scenario through the software, it will operate according to the water scenario and not a new effluent scenario. You will need to change the scenario to match the desired scenario for the material.

Scenarios

A scenario is a group of settings for the pivot. A scenario consists of:

  • Material to be applied
  • End gun controls (if applicable)
  • Areas to be controlled
  • Application depths for each area

Scenario symbols

Symbol Description
 image114 Cancel
 image059 Add
 image116 Delete
 image113 Publish
 image118 Edit the name of the scenario.
 image109 Scenario edit. This enables the user to edit his areas and application depths while running a different scenario.
 iReport Coverage report
 image101 Scenario menu

Local control mode

Local control allows users with basic panels to operate the pivot directly from the pivot panel, instead of using the software.

Users can switch between local control and remote control on the pivot panel. When local control mode is enabled, users cannot control the pivot via the software until the panel is switched back into remote control mode.

Software users can see if a pivot is in local control mode by viewing the Panel Switch status on the Status screen.

LocalControlPanel

Changing scenarios

  1. Navigate to the Scenario menu.
  2. To change a scenario, click image113 (the Publish icon) next to the desired scenario:
    ScenarioChange
  3. In the Publish Scenario Schedule screen, click Calculate a new schedule and then click Next:
    PublishingScenario
  4. Check the Pivot pump flow information link to check if the flow rate is within the defined range and then click Publish:
    FlowGraph

Adding scenarios

To create a new scenario:

  1. Select the cog wheel image101 next to the desired application material:
    AddingScenario_Cogwheel
    A dialog appears showing the scenario menu—this shows a list of all scenarios that you have created:
    P22 adding scenario
  2. To add a new scenario, click image059 . In the dialog that appears, you can now add a new scenario by entering a Name and Description and selecting the desired optional settings:
    P23 updated scenario image
  3. Enter the name of the scenario and then click Add.
  4. Once you have added the new scenario, you can define the areas, depths, and end gun settings.

Cloning scenarios

To clone the currently running scenario, in the Add Scenario dialog, select the Copy flow rates from the current scenario checkbox. This copies all the areas and depths from the currently running scenario.

P23 updated scenario image

Editing scenarios

You can edit a scenario at any time, regardless of the output of the pivot. To do this:

  1. Click image101 (cog wheel icon) next to the desired application material, in this example, water:
    P23Img1
  2. A dialog appears showing the Scenarios menu. Click image109 next to the scenario that you want to edit:
    P25 sceanrio editThe status and map pane change to show the display scenario, which can be edited without affecting the active scenario:P26 editing scenario
  3. Navigate to the area types to  Assign depths for areas or navigate to the clusters tab to edit existing areas.

Configuring the end gun

The end gun is controlled by bearings, expressed as degrees clockwise from north (0°/360°). The end gun settings are unique for each scenario.

To create an end gun bearing:

  1. Select the End Gun tab on the Pivot Controls screen:
    EndGun1
  2. In the left tab, you can either draw or manually enter the start and stop bearings for end gun control:
    EndGun2To draw your end gun settings, click Draw. Click the start bearing and end bearing on the map. The fields will update on the table to the left:

    EndGun3To manually enter start and stop bearings, click the + button in the left tab. A new row will appear where you can enter the new start and stop bearings:

    EndGun4
    Once the new bearings are entered, the map updates:
    EndGun5
  1. Continue to add bearings as required. When finished, click Save.

Area types

No Spray: Areas in which nozzles are shut off so that no material is applied. No spray areas can be used with any material type.

Paddock: Controlled areas in which application can be set as either on or off. The state of each paddock is controlled separately by each material. For example, if your paddocks are turned off for water application, when you switch to effluent the paddocks may need to be switched off, depending on your use.

Variable: Areas that control the application rate of water, ranging from zero to the irrigator’s maximum application rate.

Effluent: During effluent, these areas determine the effluent rate. If the area is designated as a effluent exclusion zone (set application rate of zero), no effluent will be applied by any nozzles which enter the area.

Fertigation: During fertigation, these areas determine the fertigation rate. If the area is designated as a fertigation exclusion zone (set application rate of zero), no fertilizer will be applied by any nozzles which enter the area.

Ponds: Areas that will not be irrigated when applying effluent or fertigation. For these substances, any nozzle passing through a pond is turned off. Water can be applied on ponds.

Viewing areas

The Map Layers feature allows you to view current areas under your pivot. Select the tick boxes in the Map Layers menu to display selected areas.

P29 viewing areas

Configuring Sector Control

Sector Control enables growers to divide their pivots into wedge-shaped sectors and apply different speeds to each sector.

To configure sector control:

  1. Display the scenario you want to edit:
    SC1
  2. Select the Sector tab and then click Edit:
    SC2
  3. To start, click the + button or the blue border around the pivot. Start and stop bearings will default to the capabilities of the pivot. Speed will default to 25%:
    SC3
  4. To manually add a new bearing, click the + button and enter in the new start bearing and speed percentage:
    SC4
  5. To draw, click where you want your new bearing on the map. Bearings can be adjusted by moving the points:
    SC5
  6. Click Save and then publish the scenario to the implement:SC6

You can toggle between single speed and sector control modes:

SC7

When creating a new scenario, copy the setup from the current scenario by selecting the tick box.

SC8

Importing areas

You can currently import shapefiles or .csv files. When importing .csv files, only one area per file is supported.

  1. Click the Import Area button on the grey navigation bar at the top of the screen:
    P30 Importing areas
    A dialog appears to guide you through the area import process:
    P30 imprting areas menu
  2. Select the Area Type and Cluster from the drop-down menus:
    image044
  3. Select the file type that you want to import (Shapefile or CSV) and then click Next.
    To import Shapefiles:
  • Click Choose File and then select the .shp and .dbf files from your computer for the defined cluster. Both files are required.
    image045
  • Click Import to import the areas.

To import CSV files:

  • Click Choose File and then select the .csv file from your computer for the defined cluster:
    image046
    The .csv file should have the Latitude and Longitude labels in the first row. If the labels are not present, the software will assume that the first column is Longitude and the second column is Latitude.
  • Click Import to import the areas.
  • Once you have completed the import, navigate to your defined cluster and area type to see the imported areas.

Drawing areas

  1. On the Status pane select the tab that corresponds to the area you want to make (variable, effluent, paddock, no spray, or pond):
    image047
  2. Click image059 . A screen showing your pivots appears – this screen is known as the Area Editor:
    image048
  3. You can now do the following:
    • To draw an area, click the mouse on the screen – the area completes itself as it is drawn.
    • To edit an area, click the white dots and then drag them to a new position.
    • To name an area, select Details and edit the description.
    • To complete the area, select Complete Drawing.
  4. Click Save.

Configuring area groups

Area grouping allows you to add areas with similar properties into a group and define one depth for the entire group, rather than area-by-area.

  1. Go to the Pivot Control view and then click on the area tab in which you want to create groups:
    image-1
  2. To add a new group, click image-2.
  3. In the dialog that appears, enter the Group Name, select the areas that you want to include in the group and then click Save:
    image-3

Note: You must have at least two areas assigned to a group.
A new group now appears in the left-hand window with the corresponding areas and one slider bar to define the depth. All areas that have not been assigned to a group appears at the top of the list:

image-4

Editing a group

    1. To edit a group, select the group name in the list. A dialog appears showing the Group Name and a list of areas.
      • The areas that have check marks next to them are areas that are currently assigned to the group.
      • The remaining areas are those that have not been assigned to a group.
        image-5
    2. To remove areas from the group, clear the check box next to the area name.
    3. To add areas to the group, select the check box next to the area name.
    4. Click Save.

Note: If you need to add an area to your group that already belongs to another group, you must first remove the area from the current group.

Deleting a group

  1. To delete a group, select the group name in the list. A dialog appears showing the Group Name and a list of areas.
  2. Click Delete.
    image-6

When you select Delete, only the group name is deleted. Any areas that belonged to the group are returned to an unassigned group.

Assigning depths

Navigate to the area type in which you would like to assign a depth. Use the slide bars to alter application depths for each area.

image050

Note: The application depth will change relative to the speed.

Assigning a depth to a group

Use the slide bars to alter the application depths of each group. The areas that are assigned to a group will inherit the depth assigned to the group.

image-7

See also Assigning depths.

Area legend

Color range for Variable, Effluent, and Fertigation depths are shown below. No Spray and Ponds are permanently zero application and are black. Paddocks are either Black (Off) or Blue (On). Their application rate is controlled only by the speed.

Application rate Color
Off Black
Yellow
Orange
Red
Magenta
Cyan
Maximum Blue

P35 different area colours

Area overlap

When areas overlap, the pivot will implement the lowest application depth. In some cases, the lowest application depth may be zero.

Schedules

Sending a group of preset areas to the pivot is known as “publishing a schedule”. The schedule will ensure it has no overlaps and the pivot defaults to the lowest application depth for any overlap.

The following image shows overlapping areas under a pivot prior to the scenario being published.

P37 Schedule

The next image displays a published scenario. There is now no overlap present.


Irrigate app

The Connected Farm Irrigate-IQ app is available for download from the Apple app store and Google Play™ store. You can also download it from your mobile device by scanning the following image:

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Release Notice

This is the November 2016 release (Revision B) of the Irrigate-IQ Software Help. It applies to version 1.0 of the Irrigate-IQ software.

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