There are a number of tools you need to keep your center pivot irrigation system operating properly. Sometimes, the most valuable tools are not the ones in your toolbox. Software solutions, like Valley BaseStation3 can be just as valuable of a tool as your favorite pair of pliers.
Over the past several years, I have spent a considerable amount of time meeting and conversing with Valley dealers and customers to get a feel for how the Valley suite of technology tools is performing. Because we at Valley believe in open and honest communication, here are some snippets of those late-night conversations with dealers and customers.
Only you know what's best for your farm. Here are some helpful tips on how to manage your irrigation throughout the growing season using pump control and other strategies.
As you fly across the country (or anywhere in the world) and see the perfect green circles covering the ground, it is easy to pick out the fields with center pivot irrigation. Looking closely, you may see a field that isn’t a perfect green circle, but is in fact almost square. This indicates a center pivot with a corner arm.
Who else remembers the late-night infomercials for the Ronco Rotisserie, or other infomercials selling great products? What was so attractive about them? I’ll tell you: People want a product that will make their lives easier. Growers are no different from those late-night consumers; they want solutions that make their farming lives easier that help them produce a better result.
Irrigation control has drastically changed throughout the years, as well. We are able to fully monitor and control high-efficiency farm irrigation pumps and pivots from just about anywhere. High-efficiency pumps and pivots allow farmers to lower their electrical bills while still getting the same -or better - production out of their equipment; they are doing more with less.
Valley has around 500 Valley dealers globally. With this broad of a distribution network and customer base, it’s obvious that many factors, beyond just crop, soil and climate, affect the ever-so-complex irrigation sprinklers market. With all these options and so many factors, it’s not uncommon to see sprinkler packages that should be reconsidered and possibly upgraded. With that, here are five true facts about your current irrigation sprinklers.
Before you decide on your irrigation method, you need to fully understand your field’s topography, soils, available water and crop types. When you have a complete understanding of your field’s layout and composition, you’re ready to begin searching for the right method of irrigation.
A recent article in the Mid-America Farm Grower discussed a presentation given by Dr. Jason Krutz at the National Conservation Systems Cotton & Rice Conference. Dr. Krutz explained, “The biggest threat to irrigated agriculture in the mid-South is aquifer depletion.” He went on to discuss several water-saving techniques, all based around traditional flood irrigation methods. But there is another irrigation option for rice producers, one that may increase their profits while conserving water – center pivot irrigation.
To a farmer, every drop matters. Because of this, the irrigation decisions that farmers make – day in and day out – are extremely critical. One wrong move could mean over- or under-watering a crop, which may negatively impact the yield and the farmer’s bottom line. Every drop of water is an emotional tie to a farmer’s business, and that’s what Wikipedia can’t tell you about precision irrigation. Let’s dive a bit more into this thought.