Questions & Answers

Easily and clearly summarized.

 

 

 

 

What do the colors of my field mean?

They give you a quick overview of the usable Field capacity of your fields:

Irrigation overdue

If your field is colored red, the usable field capacity is 20% – 0%

Irrigation needed

The orange color represents a usable field capacity of 40% – 20%

Irrigation needed soon

Yellow fields have a usable field capacity of 60% – 40%

Irrigation sufficient

The green color represents a usable field capacity of 80% – 60%

Irrigation optimal

Light blue fields have a usable field capacity of 95% – 80%

Your field is too wet

If your field is colored dark blue, the usable field capacity is 110% – 95%

Features

In which languages is WaterFox available?

Currently WaterFox is available in English and German. However, we are working hard to make other languages available in the future, such as Romanian, Polish, Bulgarian and many others.

In which countries is WaterFox available?

You can use WaterFox anywhere in the world. Our analyses are specialized for the European region.

Is it possible to differentiate between fields and plots in WaterFox?

Yes, in WaterFox you can split fields and create as many plots as you like.

Can I also document cultures covered with fleece or mulch foil?

You can mark in WaterFox which fields are covered with mulch foil or fleece. However, the soil moisture analyses are not possible for these fields.

Does WaterFox offer a weather forecast?

You will not find a direct weather forecast in WaterFox. However, the Geisenheim model takes rain forecasts into account when calculating the development of soil moisture. You can recognize rain forecasts by the dark blue bars in the model.

Can I connect WaterFox to my weather station?

Yes, you can integrate the data from your own weather station into WaterFox.

How do I get access to data from public weather stations?

To do this, enter your company address in the settings under Profil settings. You will then have access to public weather stations in your area.

Technology

What does the usable Field capacity (uFc) mean?

The decisive factor for growth is how the plant accesses the soil water. The measure of plant availability is the usable Field capacity (uFc). It describes the proportion of water that the roots can extract from the soil with their suction forces.

The level of field capacity depends primarily on the grain size distribution of the soil, the soil structure and its content of post-mortem soil organic matter (humus). Water in the fine pores of a soil cannot be absorbed by plant roots. 

The less the water demand can be met by rain during the growing season, the more the nFK determines the yield.

How is soil moisture calculated with the Geisenheim model?

The Geisenheim model, also called “climatic water balance”, is defined as the difference between measured precipitation and the simultaneous climatically possible evapotranspiration (PET).

Since the PET does not accurately represent the actual water use of a plant stand (ET), a correction factor is required to adjust the PET to the ET. This factor depends on the plant species and the growth stage of the plant.

The desired result is the potential water demand of the crop species, which is determined by the evaporative demand of the atmosphere and the stage of development.

If you use the Geisenheim model in WaterFox, your irrigation amount will be calculated depending on soil property, crop type, development stage and potential evaporation.

What is the difference between satellite data and the Geisenheim model?

If you set WaterFox to receive irrigation recommendations with satellite data, the current soil moisture is calculated as a percentage using the satellite images. Future forecasts are not possible.

We recommend to select the Geisenheim model in the settings. Here, crop-specific properties are also included in the calculation. You get the irrigation deficit in mm and you can also see a forecast for the next few days.

Are the satellite images live?

We receive new satellite images every 24-48 hours. These are analyzed by our artificial intelligence and immediately included in the calculation of the soil moisture of your fileds. The satellite images are therefore up-to-date on a daily basis, but not live.

How accurate are the soil moisture analyses?

WaterFox calculates soil moisture with an accuracy of 10×10 meters.

Is it possible to retroactively insert my irrigation documentation, previously kept in Excel spreadsheets, into WaterFox?

Yes, just send your file as an email attachment to kundenhilfe@waterfox.com

How can I import field data from other systems into WaterFox?

Simply send your field date as an e-mail attachment to kundenhilfe@waterfox.com

We will import your fields as soon as possible and inform you afterwards. 

For further questions regarding interfaces to your existing farm management systems, please also contact the Customer Support  kundenhilfe@waterfox.com

We will work with you to find a way to intelligently link your systems so that you can get the maximum benefit from WaterFox.

Administration

How much does WaterFox cost?

WaterFox is available in three different plans, so there is something for everyone: www.waterfox.heliopas.ai/preise

We have deliberately chosen prices per hectare so that even small farms can benefit from WaterFox.

You can test WaterFox with all functions for 30 days free of charge. After that, your subscription will not be renewed. You must actively book a tariff in order to continue using WaterFox.

Which rate is best for me?

WaterFox Info: Our most affordable option is best for you if you want information about soil moisture in your fields, but don’t need to coordinate or document irrigation schedules.

WaterFox Doku: This tarfi gives you additional warnings about your plants drying out, allows you to access the Geisenheim model and document your irrigation.

WaterFox Planer: Here you get all the features of WaterFox. You can plan your irrigation on the PC, assign tasks to employees, coordinate other actions such as plant protection activities and document watering directly on your cell phone.

Do I need to pay a WaterFox subscription for every user in my business?

To do this, open our WaterFox desktop application. Under Settings you will find the User Management. Here reyou can add new users and manage the rights of each user.

We recommend to assign the right depending on the activity.

The administrator needs the following permissions:

  • Can add, edit and delete fields
  • Can add, edit and delete own weather stations
  • Is able to add and remove new users from the operation, and manage permissions
  • Can view and modify invoices and payment information
  • Can activate and deactivate user accounts
  • Can import field data

The person who schedules irrigation requires the following permissions:

  • Can add and edit irrigation
  • Can enter and edit precipitation
  • Can add, edit and delete fields
  • Can plan irrigation tasks
  • Can request irrigation tasks
  • Inhibit field/plot for other tasks
  • Can view irrigation diary
  • Can delegate tasks to others
  • Can start and stop irrigation tasks
  • Can activate and deactivate user accounts
  • Warnings can be adjusted individually

The Kappo or Irrigation Coordinator needs the following permissions:

  • Can add and edit irrigation
  • Can enter and edit precipitation
  • Can view irrigation diary
  • Can delegate tasks to others
  • Can start and stop irrigation tasks

The executing irrigator needs the following permissions:

  • Can view irrigation diary
  • Can start and stop irrigation tasks

The Crop Protection Manager requires the following permissions:

  • Can request irrigation tasks
  • Inhibit field/plot for other tasks

(If one person in your operation handles multiple activitie, simply add the permissions).

How can I set which employee has which rights in WaterFox?

To do this, open our WaterFox desktop application. Under Settings you will find the User Management. Here reyou can add new users and manage the rights of each user.

We recommend to assign the right depending on the activity.

The administrator needs the following permissions:

  • Can add, edit and delete fields
  • Can add, edit and delete own weather stations
  • Is able to add and remove new users from the operation, and manage permissions
  • Can view and modify invoices and payment information
  • Can activate and deactivate user accounts
  • Can import field data

The person who schedules irrigation requires the following permissions:

  • Can add and edit irrigation
  • Can enter and edit precipitation
  • Can add, edit and delete fields
  • Can plan irrigation tasks
  • Can request irrigation tasks
  • Inhibit field/plot for other tasks
  • Can view irrigation diary
  • Can delegate tasks to others
  • Can start and stop irrigation tasks
  • Can activate and deactivate user accounts
  • Warnings can be adjusted individually

The Kappo or Irrigation Coordinator needs the following permissions:

  • Can add and edit irrigation
  • Can enter and edit precipitation
  • Can view irrigation diary
  • Can delegate tasks to others
  • Can start and stop irrigation tasks

The executing irrigator needs the following permissions:

  • Can view irrigation diary
  • Can start and stop irrigation tasks

The Crop Protection Manager requires the following permissions:

  • Can request irrigation tasks
  • Inhibit field/plot for other tasks

(If one person in your operation handles multiple activities, simply add the permissions).

Is my data secure in WaterFox?

Your data is safe with us according to the high standards of German data protection and the DSGVO. We are an independent start-up and do not belong to a corporation.

 

 

 

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