Center Pivot Innovation and Agriculture Education

Posted by Ashley Willits and Victoria Harris on May 31, 2017 8:00:00 AM

If the agriculture industry could be described in one word, the most fitting word would be innovation. The ag industry is constantly discovering new ways to produce a safe and abundant food supply for an increasing population.

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Topics: Ag Education

The Benefits of Irrigation Management and Scheduling

Posted by Ian Jolovich and Daniel Burgard on May 24, 2017 8:00:00 AM

In farming, no matter if the crop is corn, potatoes, or grass hay, the name of the game is water. Whether it comes from Mother Nature in Kansas or from center pivot irrigation in California, the number one input to the crop is water. Water can carry nutrients from the soil through the roots to the plant, so that it can grow and return a yield; unfortunately, it can also run off the field, carrying nutrients and topsoil with it, or it can leach nutrients past the roots. Loss of water and nutrients have the same result – lost dollars – both in operating and fertilizer costs.

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Topics: Irrigation Management

Irrigation and Popcorn – Getting Just the Right Pop

Posted by Valley Irrigation on May 17, 2017 11:15:16 AM

Popcorn is an entertainment snack food staple in America. From the local little league game to the multiplex theater, popcorn is the first snack we reach for. It is so common that we often don’t stop to think about where it comes from and all the work that goes into making that perfectly fluffy treat.

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Topics: Irrigation Solutions

Why Are Your Pipelines Rusting, When Your Neighbors Aren't? (part 2)

Posted by irrigation.education Community on Jan 5, 2017 9:37:10 AM

Valley Develops Solution For Pipeline Corrosion

Problem areas with low pH concentrations in the aquifer would require alternate solutions for farmers, and would eventually lead to Valley® engineers developing a permanent solution to pipeline corrosion issues in 1992 with their PolySpan® product line.

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Topics: Irrigation Solutions, Technology

Why Are Your Pipelines Rusting, When Your Neighbors Aren't? (part 1)

Posted by irrigation.education Community on Dec 28, 2016 11:19:17 AM

Advancements in technology have allowed crop irrigation pipelines to run with minimal problems for years at a time. New products and techniques such as digital control panels, sprinkler packages, and protective coatings like galvanizing have extended these machine’s lives considerably, and have secured irrigation pipelines as a lasting investment.

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Topics: Irrigation Solutions, Technology

New University of Nebraska-Lincoln Research Puts VRI on the Map

Posted by irrigation.education Community on Nov 21, 2016 9:47:24 AM

Generation upon generation of Nebraska farmers have worked to optimize their use of water through irrigation. In recent years, Variable Rate Irrigation (VRI) – which matches the water application rate of center pivots to specific areas of a farmer’s field that need more or less water – has garnered attention as a way to optimize water use and yields.

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Topics: Irrigation Solutions, Technology, Water Application

Linear Irrigation for Precision Ag

Posted by irrigation.education Community on Oct 13, 2016 10:39:25 AM

Many people don't consider center pivot irrigation because of the size or shape of their field. Some farmers may not realize that small, irregularly shaped fields can also benefit from an irrigation system. Linear irrigation, although less common than center pivot irrigation, can be a solution for these types of fields. 

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Topics: Irrigation Solutions

Do Your Pivot Pipelines Last As Long As They Should?

Posted by irrigation.education Community on Aug 12, 2016 3:37:29 PM

When purchasing a center pivot, you likely have expectations for the lifespan of your equipment. Some center pivot pipelines are still dependable after 25 to 30 years of use, which would be ideal. However, some pipelines show leaks after only 7 to 10 years. So why do some farmers have better luck with center pivots than others?

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Topics: Irrigation Solutions, Water Application, Center Pivot

5 Things Dealers Look at When Designing Your Sprinkler Package

Posted by irrigation.education Community on Jul 15, 2016 9:16:09 AM

There’s an infinite number of options when selecting a sprinkler package, so designing the right one for your field can be tricky. Depending on the type of soil, crop, or climate you’re operating with, your sprinkler package will need to be customized specifically to you. 

Here are five things your dealer will typically look at when designing your sprinkler package.

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Topics: Irrigation Solutions, Water Application

Are You Switching From Dryland Farming To Irrigation?

Posted by irrigation.education Community on Apr 20, 2016 1:58:06 PM

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. Patrick Scates, General Manager at Scates Valley Inc., a Valley® Irrigation dealership in Carmi, IL, talked us through who to talk to, what you should know, and what to expect when it comes to making an investment in center pivot irrigation. 

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Topics: Irrigation Solutions

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