Rice is a critical food crop, representing the third-most acres planted around the world, trailing only wheat and maize (corn). We sometimes lose sight of this here in the U.S., since our agricultural production is dominated by maize, soybeans, wheat and cotton.
If you grow soybeans, you know how important it is to understand the water requirements of the plant. At each growth stage of a soybean plant, specific water requirements must be met to achieve optimal growth and yields. Adjusting your center pivots to meet these requirements can produce a better harvest
Sprinkler design has improved significantly since the early days of center pivot sprinkler systems. In the beginning, center pivots used impact sprinklers from solid set systems simply because they were the only sprinklers available. Read more about the history of center pivot irrigation sprinklers in this blog post by our resident sprinkler expert.
The USDA issued a report earlier this year (2017) tracing the increased size of family farms. Since the report was issued by a government agency, it is not surprising that it provides plenty of statistics to back up this claim. To reference just one, the midpoint size of family farms more than doubled over three decades, increasing from 589 acres in 1982 to 1,234 acres in 2012.
The end of the year is rapidly approaching. Soon we will be overwhelmed with lists of things we absolutely must get or habits we must apply if we want to have a better life in 2018 – lists with titles like “Five Apps for a Smarter Smartphone” or “Three Habits to Help You Get More Done in Less Time.” But, here at Valley Irrigation, we know what’s really important – irrigation equipment. Your crop irrigation equipment is critical to the success of your operation, so it makes sense to get the most out of it. Here’s a list of things you must have for your irrigation equipment in 2018.
Integrated technology is no longer an add-on feature for today’s growers. Instead, it has become a standard part of irrigation machines and the overall agriculture industry. Gone are the days when growers had no other option than to travel out to their center pivot several times a day to start or adjust irrigation operations. With Valley ICON smart panels, growers can access their panels remotely using irrigation technology options, such as AgSense, BaseStation3 or a direct WiFi connection. Soil moisture sensors, weather data and other components can all be integrated into a technology solution that allows growers to make smarter, more informed decisions. Valley ICON smart panels are a key piece of overall irrigation control technology from Valley that adds convenience and presents key irrigation data, allowing growers to save time and money.
This Thanksgiving, as we gather with family and friends to indulge ourselves in fun, football, and feasting, at Valley Irrigation we believe everyone should look at all that food on the table and give thanks for the farmers who worked so hard to grow it.
Information is one of the most powerful tools growers have in their arsenal – and the methods we use to gather it are always advancing. Read more about how the information you collect can lead to smarter center pivot irrigation management.
The weeks after harvest offer a window of opportunity to reflect on the past year. Did the 2017 growing season meet your expectations?
Irrigation technology is present in every component of mechanized irrigation. From the spans to the wheels to the gearboxes to the control panels, every innovation in the industry takes the grower to new levels of efficiency, control and empowerment. But, how do the latest smart panels for precision irrigation control play into this?