International Sugar Journal

Opticane: an irrigation and weather support tool* [Full subscriber]

Abstract         Whether managing resources during drought or improving productivity, irrigation management is an important part of many sugarcane-growing regions in Australia.  Many irrigation decision-support tools (DSTs) have been developed in the past with varying levels of success.  Opticane ( was developed as an Internet of Things tool that integrated current weather data, locally relevant weather forecasts and a crop model to produce weather and irrigation requirement forecasts for use in irrigation management decisions.  In contrast to many DSTs, Opticane’s development’s major focus has been the user experience.  This paper overviews the insights and lessons learnt from the project development.  By…

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