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The Simplest Ways to Make the Best of Smart Irrigation Month: Part 1

Did you know that every July is Smart Irrigation Month? It so is! Organized by the Irrigation Association, this time of year is dedicated to spreading awareness and educating the public on water-use efficiency.

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.

1. Feed the World

feed the world - center pivot irrigation

This may seem like a lofty goal for you, but it’s something each and every one of us can help achieve. As you are well aware, the global population will reach over 9 billion people by 2050 – a staggering number that will greatly impact food, fiber and water resources. With using modern technology, awareness and education, we can all help to keep our families, friends and comrades fed, clothed and watered.

Every day, Valley Irrigation is feeding the world, one center pivot and linear machine at a time. Because this type of equipment uses less water to irrigate crops than traditional flood methods, growers can produce more food with less water.

2. Irrigate Efficiently

variable rate irrigation - vri - irrigate efficiently

We all make decisions every day, and sometimes those choices are what define us and our futures. Saving even the smallest amount of water each day may make a world of difference to the availability of water for people now and the generations to come.

With Valley technology, like variable rate irrigation (VRI), farmers efficiently water every time he or she irrigates. VRI allows the pivot to irrigate when and where it’s needed – avoiding both under- and over-watering, both increasing your efficiency and feeding the crop in just the right way.

3. Monitor Soil Moisture

monitor soil moisture

Paying attention to how wet your field’s soil is will help you irrigate smarter. An accurate soil moisture reading happens way down in the soil; because of this, a farmer should not use the top of the soil as a good measure for whether or not to irrigate his crop. If the very top layer of the soil is dry, that does not mean that the soil several inches below – or that which is close to the root – is also dry!

Because soil moisture monitoring is a very important step in both conserving water and feeding the crop well, Valley offers this enhanced feature through BaseStation3™ and AgSense®. Contact your local Valley dealer today for more details on this state-of-the-art monitoring feature.



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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.

Kelly Cox

About Kelly Cox

Global Digital Marketing Manager
Valley Irrigation
Kelly is a native of Omaha, NE, and has degrees in English and Web Development. She joined the Valley Irrigation Global Marketing Department in 2008 where she shares her love of web and all things digital marketing with her colleagues and the Valley dealer network. Outside of her life at Valley, Kelly enjoys reading, singing, and spending time with her family.