Ledesma: “The oscillations that used to harm irrigation have now been eliminated thanks to the Rubicon Water gates”

Rubicon’s telemetry and remote control technology “allows us to improve the efficiency of labor and water use. Today we have a fully stabilized and controlled inflow, which is permanently informing what values it is at,” says Mario Caorlin, Head of the El Talar Sugarcane Department.

Rubicon Water’s international experience in the development and implementation of telemetry and remote control solutions in irrigation canals has been present in Argentina since 2021, when we designed an initial project for Ledesma, the country’s leading agribusiness company. The time it has been in operation has allowed the personnel in charge of sugarcane irrigation to notice the results of the use of automated gates and software, both in saving time and operating costs and in increasing production (See this note).

That is why, in collaboration with the Argentine media outlet Suena a Campo, we conducted an interview with Mario Caorlin, Head of Ledesma’s El Talar Sugarcane Department, who highlights how Rubicon Water technology has benefited various aspects of the sugarcane irrigation operation, with which they produce sugar.  paper, pharmacy and liquor alcohol and bioethanol, among others.

“The oscillations that previously hampered irrigation operations on the farm have been eliminated thanks to the Rubicon Water gates. Today we have a totally stabilized and controlled inflow, which is permanently informing what values it is at. That helps us to manage it, distribute it and make use of that irrigation flow much more efficiently than before. It allows us to improve the efficiency of labor and water use,” says Mario Caorlin.

 

The agro-industrial company decided to incorporate Rubicon Water’s technology to provide a solution to various problems of water conduction for the irrigation of 40,000 hectares of sugarcane that the company has in Jujuy, in the north of the country. In the conception and execution of the project, as well as in the training and after-sales process, the Rubicon Latin America team was permanently supporting. “From the reception of the gates we had a team of 5 Rubicon technicians in Chile, who accompanied us throughout the process of installing the equipment,” says Caorlín.

“With Rubicon Water we benefit in the quality of water delivery, because we used to receive water with many fluctuations,” he adds. “We look at the past and say yes, the system is very reliable and recommended to be able to put this same system in other areas of Ledesma that also take water from the river and have similar problems and now we are receiving the results we had expected.”

 

Check out more information about the project here: Irrigation, sensors and 526 computers: the behind the scenes to produce sugarcane

 

Among the main benefits obtained by Ledesma after implementing Rubicon technology, Caorlín points out:

  • Avoid having to go to the site to open or close manual gates and measure the flow. Now all the information is delivered by the gate to a server in the cloud and “from the internet I can interact with the gate telling it to maintain, raise or lower a flow, close or open a gate.”
  • Ledesma operators in charge of irrigation management can now concentrate on other types of tasks in the field, such as controlling the flow of smaller gates, the more equitable distribution of water for various users and planning according to the needs of the irrigator.
  • “The constant fluctuation of water” was solved, since the river delivered more water and on other occasions the flow decreased, not allowing adequate planning due to lack of the resource or excesses that broke the irrigation structure. This generated inefficiency in labor, water and productivity, since costs increased and crop productivity decreased.”