Water Resources Management
robust, tailored IT solutions for a full-range of water applications
Agriculture & Irrigation
As climate change impacts our previous understanding of weather patterns and irrigation -- and consequently, crops and agricultural economics – KISTERS is collaborating with water utilities and growers to maximize water allocations, estimate better crop yields, and cost-effectively manage water quality especially salinity in waterways.
Our water solution can capture soil moisture and evaporation rates, as well as the impact of erosion in irrigated areas and catchment areas. In addition KISTERS' web services allow farmers and producers to publish and/or import data published by regulatory agencies such as irrigation districts and integrate it into planning and operations. Powerful time series functions and visualization tools enable multi-generational ag operations to quickly identify trends – and thus develop short- and long-term cultivation plans.
KISTERS' agricultural solutions are designed to prioritize your data management needs for practical implementation.
- Bundle data sources for a unified view of operations
Automate the import of water data from telemetry networks that irrigate or monitor soil conditions, streamflow information from USGS, weather forecasts from NWS, or data from other organizations using a proprietary data acquisition tool and web services.
- Align different data formats including satellite data into time series
Get the most value from multi-disciplinary information as radar rainfall data, soil moisture and drought data, and statistics and forecasts are published by government agencies such as the Alberta Groundwater Observation Well Network or irrigation districts .
- Integrate, analyze and view geospatial (GIS) data
Map micro-terrain, test different irrigation strategies, and institute best practices in precision farming, fertilization and plan crop rotation using mapping features within the software. Alternatively, an arcGIS plug-in enables data and metadata to be analyzed with the full versatility of Esri GIS tools.
- Track assets and increase maintenance efficiency.
Assign pictures, part serial numbers, inventory tags, and more to warehouse, monitoring locations or other user-defined points. Compare performance to determine when to modify or upgrade less effective nutrient meters for example.
- Optimize surface water storage
Increasing frequency and severity of droughts -- and overall water scarcity -- require optimum reservoir management. Beyond baseline information about past and current conditions, today's irrigation districts can use professional expertise and advanced computing abilities to identify the most feasible and ideal courses of action that overcome "how things have always been done" or rushing into unproven ventures.
The water and irrigation district managers in California are always thinking outside the box to expand the supply of water in ways that 10, 20, 30 years ago would not have been possible... -- U.S. Congressman Jim Costa