John Donne observed “no man is an island.” But, he didn’t have a center pivot or need to worry about the irrigation for his crops. Trudging through waist-high crops to troubleshoot a stopped pivot can feel awfully lonely. Surrounded by a sea of green, with the future of your crop on your mind, a sense of isolation can take hold. But, what if you don’t have to do it alone? What if you don’t have to do it at all? Your local Valley dealer is ready, willing and able to help.
As a grower in today’s markets, you want to be sure that every dollar spent is providing the best value. Now, when someone talks about value, what is the first thing that should come to your mind? Here at Valley Irrigation, when we talk about value, we think about three things: quality, durability and support.
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.
As technology continues to advance at a rapid rate, growers struggle to decide what is right for their operation, wrong for their operation, and just plain figure out exactly what some of the new irrigation technology is capable of. We reached out to irrigation expert, Jeremiah Johnson of authorized Valley dealership Central Valley Irrigation in Holdrege, Neb., and asked him to let us in on some of the questions he gets the most from growers interested in new technology.
Starting the process of switching from dryland to irrigated farming can seem like a daunting task. There’s a lot to consider and factors that make initial investment costs not so cut and dry for every field. One of our dealers talked us through who to talk to, what you should know, and what to expect when it comes to making an investment in precision irrigation.
While our VP Marketing was in Georgia a few weeks ago, he got to spend time with many of our loyal growers and many of our world class Valley dealers.