With traditional flood irrigation methods, rice must be grown on a flat or nearly flat field with specific soil characteristics; these fields often require extensive levelling or complex borders. However, with modern irrigation management, rice can be produced in areas where it was never before possible. Because center pivots and linears can irrigate rice on most types of terrain and soils, more land can be put into rice production, increasing the amount of food produced and giving growers another crop for their operation!
When it comes to navigating the challenges of detecting and developing sources for irrigation, turn to the experts in water conveyance. Valley Water Management provides you with a sustainable water source and a way to manage it from the pumping station all the way to the crop. We work with you to design and create a customized irrigation management plan for your operation.
Even the smartest, most forward-thinking farmers occasionally need to call in experts like Valley Water Management (VWM). By all accounts, Lee Sublett of Sublett Farms near Huntsville, Ala., is a progressive, savvy farmer who lives in an area limited only by land availability and water access. With 1,200 acres covered in corn, wheat and soybeans, he recently went to great lengths to secure water for irrigating these areas.
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.
From planting the seeds to harvesting the yield, the relatively short lifecycle of a crop is marked along its way by specific growth milestones that help indicate the health of the overall yield. Most of these milestones are dictated by water – whether too little, too much or the right amount. In northwest Ohio, where McClure Farms and fifth-generation farmer Terry McClure call home, rainwater is historically more plentiful than it is in other parts of the country, making these important growth milestones less stressful to hit. With the help of irrigation pump control technology, McClure Farms was able to turn that around.
Scott Everidge in Dooly County, Ga., is a second-generation farmer who works with his mother, step-dad and two uncles. He grows cotton, peanuts, corn, wheat and soybeans on approximately 3,000 acres. When Scott got the opportunity to try out the Valley ICON1 smart panel for center pivot irrigation management and control, he jumped at the chance.
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.
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.