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Make Better Irrigation Control A New Year's Resolution

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Written by Chris Righter |

Previously, Valley® Irrigation has written about how to maximize your investment in pivot irrigation through proper planning and preventative maintenance. We encouraged you to develop a plan that you could begin executing in the new year. Well, the new year is here. The time to start is now. To steal a quote from Shakespeare, “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late!”

For many, deciding to make a change is easy, but carrying it out is difficult. If you have already committed to making improvements to your pivot irrigation and developed a plan to get there, you’ve already done a lot of the hard work. For those of you who haven’t set any New Year’s resolutions for your farming operation, maybe you should be asking yourself why you haven’t.

Check out our harvest blog to help you along as you decide what goals you want to achieve in 2017.


After you have developed your plan, you need to execute it. We’ve put together a few tips to help ensure you see the fruit of that hard work by carrying out the plan.

Be Specific – Your plan should have specific details about how you are going to reach your new years goals. Now, break those tasks down into smaller, discrete pieces that you can begin doing. By breaking complex tasks down it makes the work more manageable. For example, your plan may include, “Improve yield through better irrigation control.” You can break that down into more manageable tasks, e.g. “Schedule a demo of the Valley ICON10 with my dealer.”


Be Public –Talk to other people about your goals and your plans. This has several benefits. It will make you accountable, because the people you tell are bound to ask how progress is going when you talk to them again. You may find other people who have experience in the area, such as other growers, your seed dealer and especially your local Valley dealer. Trade shows or conferences are the perfect opportunity to connect with lots of people and significantly improve the quantity and quality of the information you gather.

Be Tracking – Track your progress against your plan. It’s important to ensure you are not missing any important tasks or that tasks are not slipping past deadlines. Also, there is nothing more viscerally satisfying than crossing an item off a list once you complete it.


Again, if you’ve already invested your time into developing a plan, you owe it to yourself to carry it out. Hopefully these tips will help.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to improve yield, then you should consider researching how better irrigation control can significantly improve the efficiency of you irrigation and help to improve your yield. Consult with your local Valley dealer to find out how the latest irrigation technology and remote control solutions Valley Irrigation has to offer can help your operation.

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Harvest: A Time to Reflect on Your Year and Look to Next Year
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