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  • Irrigation Technology: Young Farmers Embrace Benefits of Valley Scheduling

    Alex and Kevin Hawman are young, but they can remember a time before advanced irrigation technology changed the way growers irrigate. “I remember back in the day when pivots had to be run from going to the center, driving all the way in, banging across all the tire tracks,” Kevin said. The two brothers rely on technology to boost efficiencies on Hawman Farms near Hermiston, OR. “Techn...more
    Alex and Kevin Hawman are young, but they can remember a time before advanced irrigation technology changed the way growers irrigate. “I remember back in the day when pivots had to be run from going to the center, driving all the way in, banging across all the tire tracks,” Kevin said. The two brothers rely on technology to boost efficiencies on Hawman Farms near Hermiston, OR. “Techn...more · Feb 28, 2019
  • The Past, Present and Future of Precision Agriculture

    When I first started in precision agriculture, it seemed so complex: Strapping on a bunch of electronic equipment to a piece of machinery that included a roof array of brackets for GPS, a computer that sat inside the cab, a display (sometimes monochrome, sometimes color), and some serious hoses to tap into the steering hydraulics (Oh, the scar tissue!). I’m describing one of the larg...more
    When I first started in precision agriculture, it seemed so complex: Strapping on a bunch of electronic equipment to a piece of machinery that included a roof array of brackets for GPS, a computer that sat inside the cab, a display (sometimes monochrome, sometimes color), and some serious hoses to tap into the steering hydraulics (Oh, the scar tissue!). I’m describing one of the larg...more · Feb 21, 2019
  • Expanding Your Irrigated Acres with Valley Corner Systems

    As we begin 2019, we look forward to what the new year will bring, such as market conditions, whether your favorite football team will finally have a championship season, or if you’ll be able to stick with your own personal New Year’s resolution. Maybe you’re part of the 80% of people whose resolutions fail. So what about a resolution for your operation’s 2019 growing season? If you ...more
    As we begin 2019, we look forward to what the new year will bring, such as market conditions, whether your favorite football team will finally have a championship season, or if you’ll be able to stick with your own personal New Year’s resolution. Maybe you’re part of the 80% of people whose resolutions fail. So what about a resolution for your operation’s 2019 growing season? If you ...more · Feb 14, 2019
  • The Big Dry: Fighting Drought with Pivot Irrigation

    Recent drought in Australia, especially Queensland and New South Wales (NSW), has taken a heavy toll on agriculture and on growers in the region. Similar to the American practice of naming hurricanes and winter storms, people Down Under have started calling this extended round of drought “The Big Dry.” According to the Bureau of Meteorology and BBC News, southern Australia has just e...more
    Recent drought in Australia, especially Queensland and New South Wales (NSW), has taken a heavy toll on agriculture and on growers in the region. Similar to the American practice of naming hurricanes and winter storms, people Down Under have started calling this extended round of drought “The Big Dry.” According to the Bureau of Meteorology and BBC News, southern Australia has just e...more · Jan 31, 2019
  • Remote Irrigation Management, Copper Theft Protection

    Sometimes as the weather gets colder, thieves get bolder. Copper theft is an ongoing problem, but robbers are being caught in the act, thanks to AgSense®, a smart irrigation solution from Valley®.
    Sometimes as the weather gets colder, thieves get bolder. Copper theft is an ongoing problem, but robbers are being caught in the act, thanks to AgSense®, a smart irrigation solution from Valley®. · Jan 24, 2019
  • Irrigating Sugarcane with Center Pivots (4 Growers Share their Stories)

    “A Matter of Survival” The Coruripe Group is one of the top sugarcane companies in Brazil, producing approximately 14.5 million tons of sugarcane every year. More than 84% of their sugarcane is irrigated, which Irrigation Coordinator Sandra Maria da Silva says benefits their operation in many ways. “Irrigation results in improvements in soil preparation, field longevity and productiv...more
    “A Matter of Survival” The Coruripe Group is one of the top sugarcane companies in Brazil, producing approximately 14.5 million tons of sugarcane every year. More than 84% of their sugarcane is irrigated, which Irrigation Coordinator Sandra Maria da Silva says benefits their operation in many ways. “Irrigation results in improvements in soil preparation, field longevity and productiv...more · Jan 10, 2019
  • Extend Your Center Pivot's Life: Conversions Cost Less, Offer Highest Value

    Jason Meyer had an old Gifford Hill pivot that was giving him trouble on his farm near Schuyler, Nebraska, last spring. “It had leaky gaskets, problems with the gearbox and a bad panel,” he says. He called Rod Dirkschneider of Vavrina, Inc., his local Valley® dealer, and scheduled conversions for the parts that weren’t performing well. “The conversions made it like a new pivot,” Meye...more
    Jason Meyer had an old Gifford Hill pivot that was giving him trouble on his farm near Schuyler, Nebraska, last spring. “It had leaky gaskets, problems with the gearbox and a bad panel,” he says. He called Rod Dirkschneider of Vavrina, Inc., his local Valley® dealer, and scheduled conversions for the parts that weren’t performing well. “The conversions made it like a new pivot,” Meye...more · Jan 07, 2019
  • VRI Helps Oregon Grower Deal with Challenging Terrain

    Variable topography — hills, valleys, draws, mag rock, and bluffs — can make farming a challenge for many growers. Aaron Madison of Madison Ranches, Inc. in Hermiston, OR, has found a high-tech solution to this age-old problem: variable rate irrigation (VRI). Since implementing VRI, Madison has witnessed remarkable improvements in yields and irrigation efficiency, despite the challeng...more
    Variable topography — hills, valleys, draws, mag rock, and bluffs — can make farming a challenge for many growers. Aaron Madison of Madison Ranches, Inc. in Hermiston, OR, has found a high-tech solution to this age-old problem: variable rate irrigation (VRI). Since implementing VRI, Madison has witnessed remarkable improvements in yields and irrigation efficiency, despite the challeng...more · Dec 27, 2018
  • Catching on Quick: Georgia Teen Grows Up Around Irrigation Technology

    Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of blog posts highlighting females in agriculture. Check back for more in the weeks ahead. By her own admission, when Madison McDonald first entered high schoo...more
    Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of blog posts highlighting females in agriculture. Check back for more in the weeks ahead. By her own admission, when Madison McDonald first entered high schoo...more · Dec 20, 2018