Controlling your center pivot irrigation operation may seem difficult or complicated. It may even be something that you rely on your dealer to help with. That is all about to change - enter Valley ICON smart control panels.
Valley® Irrigation center pivot dealers across the country are busy helping farmers get their operations ready for the upcoming growing season. Some of their preparation includes getting growers more acquainted with their new Valley ICON™ smart panels. Valley spoke with dealers Keith Grimm of MWI in Hiawatha, Kan., and Jeremiah Johnson of Central Valley Irrigation in Holdrege, Neb., to see how growers are reacting to the new center pivot irrigation smart panels.
Before becoming a Valley® irrigation dealer, I was a regular dirt farmer like many of the growers I now work with. I grew up on a 4500-acre row-crop farm in southwest Georgia. We had 45 pivot irrigation machines, a mixture of Valley pivots and “the other guys,” and not one smart panel or remote pivot control unit. Needless to say, we ran ourselves ragged, checking 45 pivots twice a day while also putting in a full day of planting, spraying and pulling weeds – you know, farming stuff. This was all before auto-steer was available on tractors, so we had to actually drive the tractors, not just turn them around at the end of a row… but that is beside the point. Let’s get back to pivots and control panels.
Over the past two weeks, Growering the Conversation Blog has introduced you to the new ICON10 and ICON1 smart panels for pivot irrigation from Valley®. We are excited to continue with the introductions to the ICON series of smart panels with the most versatile irrigation panel in the lineup – the ICON5™.
Almost 35 years ago, Valley released the industry’s very first remote monitor and control product, the Valmonitor. About 5 years after that, Valley introduced farmers to C:A:M:S technology; the revolutionary “computerized” irrigation control panel. Those two products represented a huge leap in capability and were the first steps towards true efficiency. Not just efficient use of water but also of time, labor and fuel.