“Windshield time.” A haunting two-word phrase for any business, operation or even a weekend outing. These two words can mean expenses, like gas, time lost, wear and tear on vehicles, and, in some cases, added liability.
Fields are green and full, the days are already starting to get shorter, and “Back to School” ads are all over the television. These are also signs that farm show season is here.
We live in a world where everybody is trying to make things better. Some call that technology. It drives us, literally and figuratively. I’ve heard the older generation say, “Boy, you got to work smarter, not harder.” When I think about that comment, I think about more than just manual labor. It’s something that comes into play in every aspect of life.
It’s that time of year again, when the weather prompts us to ask ourselves, am I covered? When choosing an insurance provider for your Valley center pivot and linear irrigation coverage, it’s important to pick a company that knows and understands the irrigation business. Here are a few items to consider when reviewing your policy:
Though Bob joined the Valley team a little more than a year ago, he has worked for Valmont Industries for more than eight years and has held multiple positions.
With traditional flood irrigation methods, rice must be grown on a flat or nearly flat field with specific soil characteristics; these fields often require extensive levelling or complex borders. However, with modern irrigation management, rice can be produced in areas where it was never before possible. Because center pivots and linears can irrigate rice on most types of terrain and soils, more land can be put into rice production, increasing the amount of food produced and giving growers another crop for their operation!
John Donne observed “no man is an island.” But, he didn’t have a center pivot or need to worry about the irrigation for his crops. Trudging through waist-high crops to troubleshoot a stopped pivot can feel awfully lonely. Surrounded by a sea of green, with the future of your crop on your mind, a sense of isolation can take hold. But, what if you don’t have to do it alone? What if you don’t have to do it at all? Your local Valley dealer is ready, willing and able to help.
When it comes to navigating the challenges of detecting and developing sources for irrigation, turn to the experts in water conveyance. Valley Water Management provides you with a sustainable water source and a way to manage it from the pumping station all the way to the crop. We work with you to design and create a customized irrigation management plan for your operation.
The durability and reliability of a Valley® center pivot irrigation machine has been field-proven and dependable for decades. Offering incredible value for years of operation, mechanized irrigation saves water, energy and labor, and provides precise applications for maximum crop yield and grade production.
A new competition is being played in fields across Nebraska where growers take on University of Nebraska-Lincoln scientists and students to see who can out-farm the other. This competition is called Testing Ag Performance Solutions, or TAPS.