As a grower in today’s markets, you want to be sure that every dollar spent is providing the best value. Now, when someone talks about value, what is the first thing that should come to your mind? Here at Valley Irrigation, when we talk about value, we think about three things: quality, durability and support.
Even the smartest, most forward-thinking farmers occasionally need to call in experts like Valley Water Management (VWM). By all accounts, Lee Sublett of Sublett Farms near Huntsville, Ala., is a progressive, savvy farmer who lives in an area limited only by land availability and water access. With 1,200 acres covered in corn, wheat and soybeans, he recently went to great lengths to secure water for irrigating these areas.
You will see a lot of #SmartIrrigationMonth social media posts from us throughout the coming weeks. But, how does Valley use water wisely every month of the year? And, how can you make the most out of Smart Irrigation Month, and maybe even start some new habits to follow you through the rest of the year and the years to come? Here are three simple ways to help you get started on your journey.
From planting the seeds to harvesting the yield, the relatively short lifecycle of a crop is marked along its way by specific growth milestones that help indicate the health of the overall yield. Most of these milestones are dictated by water – whether too little, too much or the right amount. In northwest Ohio, where McClure Farms and fifth-generation farmer Terry McClure call home, rainwater is historically more plentiful than it is in other parts of the country, making these important growth milestones less stressful to hit. With the help of irrigation pump control technology, McClure Farms was able to turn that around.
Scott Everidge in Dooly County, Ga., is a second-generation farmer who works with his mother, step-dad and two uncles. He grows cotton, peanuts, corn, wheat and soybeans on approximately 3,000 acres. When Scott got the opportunity to try out the Valley ICON1 smart panel for center pivot irrigation management and control, he jumped at the chance.
Close spacing combines low-pressure precision irrigation bubbler heads made for LEPA (Low Energy Precision Application) with conservation tillage practices to improve efficiency of water use with center pivot irrigation. Close spacing typically achieves application efficiencies of 95 percent or more.
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Precise water application, water savings and, of course, increased yields are just a few of the advantages of Valley Variable Rate Irrigation (VRI). Growers everywhere are benefiting from it, and Valley continues to improve their VRI offerings for center pivot and linear precision irrigation.
Valley® is built on five pillars called the Valley Values that are the backbone of the company: reliability, durability, advanced technology, responsiveness and precision. But, what does that mean to the growers working in the field day in and day out? Simply put, the Valley Values mean growers get the best irrigation equipment and the most value for their money.
The key to higher quality crops comes down to uniformity, and that means achieving an even distribution of water over the entire corner. It’s necessary to have control over each nozzle across the boom to get this level of uniformity, so that it each nozzle pulses the right amount at the right time to distribute water evenly.