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Monitoring Water Use for Precision Irrigation is Easier than Ever

October 19, 2017 by Ben Hirschfeld

Local ordinances increasingly require growers to conserve and monitor their groundwater use as part of ongoing efforts to balance the competing demands of agricultural, industrial and residential users. Learn more about how the Valley 3000 flowmeter helps with these challenges.

Growers On A Quest To Increase Yields Through New Center Drive Motor

October 16, 2017 by Valley Irrigation

“How can we improve yield with the resources we have?” It’s an age-old question in agriculture, and the Grimm brothers of Precision Farms are pulling out all the stops to find the answer. Read how the new Valley X-Tec advanced DC center drive motor helped them out.

TEAM Irrigation On Converting To A Valley Irrigation Dealership

October 12, 2017 by Valley Irrigation

Craig Chandler and Bob Johnson co-own TEAM Irrigation, based in Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia. Established in 2003 as a Zimmatic dealership, Craig and Bob spent over a decade establishing TEAM Irrigation’s credibility as a fantastic service provider to their customers. In 2015, Craig and Bob decided that it was time to make a major change for their business – they decided to convert their Zimmatic dealership to a Valley dealership.

Behind the Scenes with Jodi Wacker

October 9, 2017 by Valley Irrigation

Jodi Wacker has been with Valley Irrigation for a short time, but her impact in that period can be felt across the company. She is a dedicated Board Member of the Valmont Professionals Network (VPN) and focuses to support the Global Irrigation, Shared Services and Tubing teams.

Omaha Event Honors Women in Manufacturing Careers

October 5, 2017 by Michelle Stolte

On September 21, a “STEP Forward” event at Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha Campus   recognized the contributions of 60 women in manufacturing and related “STEP” careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, Production) in Nebraska and western Iowa. Co-chairs were Jane Miller, chief operating officer at Gallup, and Diane Duren, retired executive VP and chief administrative officer at Union Pacific Railroad. The mission of “STEP Forward” is to both honor women who have made significant contributions to their manufacturing organizations and to encourage more women to consider careers in manufacturing. One of the featured speakers at the event was Vanessa Brown, senior vice president of Human Resources at Valmont.

Behind the Scenes with Kelly Cox

September 25, 2017 by Valley Irrigation

Meet Kelly Cox, global digital marketing manager at Valley Irrigation!

Top 4 Questions About the New Valley X-Tec Center Drive Motor.

September 21, 2017 by Chris Righter

My second Husker Harvest Days with Valley Irrigation is now in the rearview mirror. It was a fun-filled week that gave me plenty of opportunities to talk to growers, dealers and even the competition about our revolutionary Valley X-Tec drive system.

Pivots with the Valley X-Tec Drive Help Grow High Quality Potatoes – And Families

September 18, 2017 by Valley Irrigation

On Black Mesa Farms, their main objective is to raise families. Raising potatoes and other crops is simply a means to that end. Decisions on the farm are influenced by their “family first” philosophy, from the crops they grow to the way in which they irrigate, their commitment to family is resounding.

Evaluating the Design of Your Center Pivot Sprinkler Package

September 14, 2017 by Komet Irrigation

As we are preparing for harvest, many of us are also evaluating the performance of the sprinkler packages on our center pivot irrigation systems. Checking for wear or failures in the devices, checking pressures and flows against the original package design, evaluating pumping plant performance, etc. are all essential for maintaining efficient irrigation. But, what about evaluating the design of the center pivot sprinkler package itself? There are many ways that the design of the package might not be optimal for your particular field or cropping system.

How Much of Your Irrigation Water is Actually Reaching the Roots?

September 11, 2017 by Midwest Laboratories

As a grower, you want to get maximum results from your water use. With this goal in mind, there are several important soil attributes to consider when making irrigation decisions. For irrigation to be effective, water needs to make its way from the pivot into the soil and reach the roots so it can be utilized by growing plants. Before planning your next irrigation pass, take soil texture, soil structure and infiltration rate into consideration.