360 Yield Center – 360 Rain
YOUR YIELD IS WHAT MATTERS
About the Company:
With a team of experienced and passionate farmers, agronomists, and engineers – 360 Yield Center develops solutions to help you maximize yield efficiently.
360 Yield Center is fueled by their love of farming, innovation, and technology. After a 2012 drought devastated the Sauder family farm in Tremont, IL, Gregg Sauder went to work to find ways to be profitable regardless of the extremes of Mother Nature. Starting with a new and more efficiently nitrogen application method, they’ve tested and developed new processes and products on their farms until perfected and ready to be used on farms around the world. Today, they proudly offer you efficient and effective ways to reduce risk and add bushels and profit. They truly believe that agriculture can change so that all farm families win.
About the Solution:
A COMPLETELY NEW WAY TO NURTURE YOUR CROP
DELIVERING WATER, NUTRIENTS, FUNGICIDES AND MORE, DAY AND NIGHT
By delivering bands of water directly to the base of the plant, 360 RAIN provides advantages over traditional irrigation methods. With a 60-foot boom (24 rows), 360 RAIN applies water through Y-DROP style hoses. Up to 2,900 feet of 3-inch diameter hose is dispense by a computer-controlled reel. The machine moves up and down the crop rows as the well-tethered reel dispenses and retrieves hose. At 0.45 mph, 360 RAIN can apply over 2,000,000 gallons of water per week – the equivalent of one inch of rain over an 80-acre field from a well producing just 215 gallons per minute. And then start again. And again. Providing the three or four inches of critical moisture that activates soil microbes, enhances grain fill, and allows plants to thrive.
BRINGING IRRIGATION TO NEW REGIONS
360 RAIN requires much lower volumes of water than traditional irrigation systems. Depending on field size, wells need to provide just 100 to 225 gallons per minute to the system. Plus, 360 RAIN can water irregular shaped fields that do not fit typical center pivot systems. The RAIN system also provides 100% field coverage – no special equipment needed to cover the corners that are typical to center pivot fields.
A NEW CONCEPT WITH PROVEN TECHNOLOGY
360 RAIN is a three wheeled electric vehicle and uses field-proven components from the irrigation industry including tire and galvanized metal frame. Guidance is provided through RTK and communication through a cellular network that provides the control, coverage, and rate instructions.
STRONG CROP RESPONSE
Two years of test data show a strong yield response to a timely dose of low volumes of water and nutrients. In 2020 replicated side-by-side trials, test strips that received just 4.5 inches of water from 360 RAIN through the growing season generated an additional 65 bushels per acre – a 32% improvement over non-irrigated strips.
Solution Strengths, Weaknesses and Critical Indicators
NOTE: There are multiple technologies that are used as part of integrated manure management systems and yet are not manure management types on their own. The impact of these technologies on their own would be minimal or very difficult to quantify.
General Support & Other:
- Can be an integral part of many manure management systems
- Most projects have at least some equipment that supports operations of the main technology
- This technology is not evaluated on its own, the NEAT Matrix for this technology is neutral unless utilized with other technologies.
360 Yield Center has recently been added to the Newtrient catalog. Newtrient will continue to work with 360 Yield Center to further refine the cost and performance information on their solution. Newtrient will update this entry as more information becomes available and as new commercial dairy installations come online.
1. OPERATIONAL HISTORY