Combining sprinklers into groups, then setting operational rules for these groups, gives you a high level of versatility and control over your irrigation needs.
Let’s say your property has hills and gullies and there is a public cycle track that runs along part of the boundary – so we will need to create three groups for this.
In this example all the sprinklers in the Zone1 group will run for 30min, the Zone1 Gullies group have their run times reduced by 20% and the Cycle Track group has an imposed restriction to run only between 8pm and midnight.
This can be easily achieved so that you apply only the desired amount of water, when and where it’s needed.
The grouping of sprinklers is a straightforward task, achieved by selecting them from a map view of your farm. For more details, please watch this training video.
Then the scheduling rules are assigned to these groups.
Further details can be found in this training video.
If you find the gullies are not getting enough water (or still getting too wet) the reduction for these sprinklers can be easily changed to suit.
For example, after a few days of running the schedule, we found the gullies are too wet and a further reduction of 45% is needed.
Simply edit the rule for Zone1 Gullies and re-generate the schedule.
Finally, IMS provides a report of sprinkler runtime. For this example (Summer2020) you can see scheduled rules with Zone1 Gullies sprinklers running for 16min (45% reduction from 30min), 30min for the rest of Zone1 and the Cycle Track sprinklers restricted operating period.