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.
When it comes to pivot irrigation, BaseStation3 provides you with a complete toolbox of options in one product, and it gives you total control over your system. Here are our top five “tools” that are available in BaseStation3 to help you with your irrigation management.
1. Mobile App
Having a command center to monitor and control all of your center pivot irrigation is ideal for farm management; and, having it mobile is even better. Get the flexibility to command and monitor your entire irrigation operation from wherever you are.
With the available programs in BaseStation3, you can precisely operate your center pivot, step by step. Whether you’re using programs to schedule future operations, or to fine-tune the steps that the machine should execute throughout its irrigation cycle, BaseStation3 programs allow you to irrigate exactly how and when you want.
If you don’t have time to sit around all day monitoring every move your pivot makes – no problem. BaseStation3 allows you to set up multiple levels of alerts, so that you can be notified via email or text message when something doesn’t go according to plan.
4. Device Integration
With BaseStation3, you can link multiple devices to your irrigation monitoring platform. By integrating devices with your irrigation control panel, you can monitor things like flow rates, temperature, wind speed and precipitation in the BaseStation3 device view. Also, connect your AgSense® devices, and monitor and control them the same way you would your other Valley devices. This device integration allows you to monitor the field as a complete system and stay up-to-date on all the variables and events that occur.
It’s one thing to be able to monitor and control your machines in real time, but what about comparing your real-time data against historical data? Using the reporting tool to monitor the status and historical results of your machines can help you identify trends and make more informed decisions.
This tool also helps you keep an accurate record of what’s happening with your machines, and to catch where an issue has occurred or may occur in the future. Reports are available to all BaseStation3 users, including those collecting data on current status, status change, configuration settings, water application and transaction history. Advanced reports that are customized to your needs can also be created.
BaseStation3 has a near-endless number of possible solutions that can be customized to meet the needs of any grower. Contact your Valley dealer to learn more about BaseStation3 and how upgrading the tools in your toolbox can improve your operation.