Number Four – The Gravity of Water

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by Keith Byerly

by Keith Byerly

Last week, as I went through my Christmas List, one thing really stuck out to me from it was my wish for water. As some of you know, during the winter, I get a few chances to speak to groups at Farm Shows or groups such as the Nebraska Ag Business Association. Without fail, I use that opportunity each and every time to talk about water. Water, and specifically Aquifers are the lifeblood of irrigation in for this state. With the exception of the Platte and Missouri, much of our surface water in this State is Aquifer-fed as well. It’s because of this, that I’m so determined to make a difference when it comes to water management.

If people who live above the Ogallala Aquifer want to see the future, they just need to look to the Southwest. Are we blessed to be living above the most plentiful part of the Aquifer? Yes, but that doesn’t mean we can turn a blind eye to it. But through all of my reading, and learning and listening on this subject there is one thing I know. Technology is part of the solution. That is why we focus and work so hard on our AquaSystems platform.

AquaSystems envelopes a few different aspects of this technology. There is the knowledge side with the Mapping and Probe Placement work that we do, there is the Moisture Probe management side, and of course the VR Irrigation side. They are intertwined with each other enough that they can work separately quite well, but when you put them together, that is when you get the full potential.

When it comes to the Moisture Probe side itself, I want you to understand a few key things. There are choices out there, much like “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” Some options are shiny, options that are at the front, options in the back, and options that don’t look very appealing. You must choose wisely (but fortunately without the immediate aging and death thing if you choose poorly.) I am always ready to talk the merits of our system in great detail, but the elevator speech version is this. AquaSystems Probes are easier to read, give more information, are easier to make decisions on, and have one of the lowest 5-year costs of ownership out there for a system that can be remotely read.

There is one thing I have learned about probes and moisture management I want to share with you. If you can’t take the information that’s on your screen, decipher what it says in less than 30 seconds, and make a decision you can act on, then it’s not worth having. I believe the AquaSystems platform, is better at this than anything else on the market because it provides simple, actionable information, but at the same time doesn’t oversimplify it into some into cartoony or gimmicky graphics. And I will put AquaSystems up against anybody else on the market, and not just because of the value or the simplicity, but because of the service. The Agronomists that work with the platform and help turn the information into an actionable decision are perhaps as important as any part of AquaSystems.

So in the end. I would say we know what the problem is, and we know of some solutions. The question now becomes, do we take action now, or do we wait until the time has passed and our choices are gone?