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Kilimo is an Effective Irrigation Management platform that delivers yield and quality results with fewer resources. It is simple and intuitive, and it does not require installation or maintenance. It allows you to monitor your crops from anywhere and at any time. With Kilimo you can supplement and validate your irrigation decisions thanks to accurate data.

Kilimo provides solutions for the different needs in agriculture, depending on the requirements of each company. Together with Kilimo you can:

 

  • View the water status of your crops from anywhere and at any time.
  • Make the best irrigation decisions safely, as they are tailored to each of your irrigation sectors.
  • Achieve greater efficiency in the use of resources, optimizing the use of water and energy.
  • Report and achieve your sustainability goals.

Kilimo monitors crops in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Uruguay and the US. Thanks to its technology, no field hardware installation or maintenance is required and it allows monitoring all types of crops from anywhere and at any time. Ask us!

Kilimo combines meteorological, satellite and field information to calculate the amount of water a crop consumes daily and to keep an adjusted and updated water balance for each irrigation sector. With meteorological data from open weather stations near the field, Kilimo determines the potential evapotranspiration (ETo) of each sector to be irrigated. This information is crossed with NDVI images – Normalized Difference Vegetation Index – from the 5 satellites with which it works, allowing a specific crop coefficient (Kc) to be established for each irrigation sector. In this way, the real evapotranspiration (ETc) of each sector is determined and, combined with the characteristics of the soil, precise recommendations are made on when and how much to irrigate.

By determining the current potential evapotranspiration (ETo) and establishing a specific crop coefficient (Kc), the actual water demand (ETc) of each irrigation sector can be calculated. This, combined with the soil characteristics revealed in the sampling, and the monitoring of a daily water balance, allows generating precise irrigation recommendations based on data.

Kilimo is a simple and intuitive platform that does not require field installations or maintenance and allows you to monitor your crops from anywhere and at any time. Kilimo assists you with a specialized support team and gives you and your team 24/7 access to a training platform.

We monitor more than 44 crops around the world such as cherry, avocado, citrus, walnut, grapevine, and extensive crops such as corn, wheat, soybeans, sugar cane, among others. If you have fields with  technical irrigation, ask us!

  • Type of irrigation: technical irrigation.
  • Minimum field area, depending on regions: Intensive Crops in Chile and Argentina: + 44 acres | Extensive Crops: +495 acres | Rest of LatAm: +124 hectares.
  • If you are a farmer (field owner, employee, producer or family farmer) and you produce horticultural or fruit trees, you must have a minimum field area of 50 ac. if you are in Argentina or Chile and a minimum of 124 ac. for the rest of Latin America, of irrigated crops (pivot, drip, sprinkler, micro-sprinkler, etc.)
  • If, on the other hand, you are a farmer who produces cereals or oilseeds (corn, wheat, soybeans, etc.) or industrial crops (potatoes, cane, etc.), you must have a minimum of 495 acres of irrigated crops (pivot, drip, sprinkler, micro sprinkling, etc.)

The irrigation recommendation is a notice that the producer receives through KILIMO´s website or mobile app, suggesting whether or not to irrigate. They can be scheduled on a specific day and time depending on the client’s needs. If the platform recommends you to irrigate, the millimeters or hours of irrigation will be shown, as well as the number of days that you must do so. This recommendation is the result of a previously defined irrigation strategy, the Useful Water (UW) of the plot, weather forecasts, among other factors.

The frequency is agreed with the client, according to their needs and irrigation strategy. That is, it is all set up ahead of time, the day, the hour and how many times per week an irrigation recommendation is required for each sector.

Satellite images are used to monitor the different irrigation sectors and then, obtain the NDVI (normalized difference vegetation index). With the NDVI, a specific Kc value is calculated for each irrigation sector. In addition, the NDVI images will serve as a tool to detect areas with different levels of vegetative development, and based on them, you will be able to carry out a field diagnosis to determine the cause of these differences (phytosanitary problems, soil problems, irrigation failures, etc., among others).

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