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A Center Pivot Irrigation Pep Talk: Are You Ready for Spring?

March 20, 2017 by Chris Righter

March 20th marks the first day of spring. You’ve spent fall and winter getting ready. Like an athlete training for the big event, you’ve been prepping for this growing season for months.

Tips for a Successful Canola Crop with Center Pivot Irrigation

December 12, 2016 by Valley Irrigation

The canola crop is commonly grown to produce animal feed, vegetable oil, and biofuel, and is easily distinguishable by its bright yellow flowers. The following documents a case study of a canola farmer in the Czech Republic who used center pivot irrigation in one of the most arid areas of the country, which helped him achieve a higher than average crop yield.

Farm Management and Why it is Important to Utilize New Technology

December 8, 2016 by Angela Knuth

Valley Irrigation reached out to Kerry and Angela Knuth of Knuth Farms, located near Mead, Neb. and asked them to write a blog about how technology is affecting their farm management. We are thrilled to share their article with you.

Dairy Farm Management: How Can You Reduce Your Groundwater Impact?

December 5, 2016 by Ian Jolovich

It is often said that there are only two things in life that are certain – death and taxes. For the American dairy farmer, another can be added to the list: regulations. With the increasing size of the average dairy along with the growing scrutiny that regulatory agencies are putting towards environmental impacts, it is very important for dairy operations to keep an eye on how their dairy farm management affects groundwater.

5 Life Hacks for Women Getting into Agriculture

August 30, 2016 by Kellie Gregorich

Agriculture. It’s traditionally been a “boys’ club,” but many women today are taking the leap and getting into the agriculture industry. Women don’t have to farm or have a farm to become involved. There are so many ways they can begin this journey—but here are just a few tips to get you started.

4 Reasons Why 2016 Is A Great Time To Be A Farmer

August 22, 2016 by Kelly Cox

Some may disagree with this statement, but 2016 is a great time to be a farmer. Yes, the agriculture industry is not in the greatest shape, available freshwater is dwindling, and everyone is walking around someone else’s private property with their phones and tablets trying to “catch them all.” BUT, now is the time when farmers can and will make a difference. Here are our four biggest reasons why we feel 2016 is a great time to be a farmer.

Feeding Farmers

August 11, 2016 by Angie Sommers

Feeding Farmers. It’s not often you hear that phrase, it’s usually the other way around. We’ve all seen the bumper sticker that says, “Did you eat today? Thank a farmer.” But how often do we think about the one feeding the farmer?

5 Reasons Why I Love Working in Agriculture

August 8, 2016 by Fiona O'Flynn

Farming was always a passion on mine from a very young age I used to help out on my grandfather’s farm helping him milk the cows and feed the calves. Here are my five reasons why I love working in agriculture.