The Virtual Irrigation Academy

Welcome to the Virtual Irrigation Academy (VIA), a place to learn how to improve crop yields through better management of irrigation water, soil nutrients, and salt.

We introduce simple tools that can be used by anyone who is willing to learn by monitoring, observation, and experimentation.

Our monitoring tools behave like a chameleon. Just as a chameleon changes colour to suit its environment, our monitoring tools also show soil water, nitrate and salt levels in the soil by changing colour.

We call this a 'Virtual Academy' because sensors are buried on farms around the world and the data is displayed on this website. Each crop that is grown and monitored provides a unique colour pattern of water, nitrate and salt from which we can learn.