Reduce Risk and Maximize Yields with Irrigation Scheduling

Posted by irrigation.education Community on Oct 30, 2018 12:59:37 PM

For generations, conscientious farmers have been practicing the manual method of soil moisture monitoring based on how the soil "feels". If it feels too dry, irrigate; if it feels too wet, wait a couple days. This classic method can be effective with proper training and experience; however, it's very cumbersome and time-consuming.

With new advances in technology, farmers no longer need to guess when and how much to water, nor visit the field to find out. Valley® Irrigation has an irrigation scheduling and soil-moisture monitoring tool called Valley SchedulingTM that reduces guesswork and provides easy-to-understand irrigation recommendations based on field-proven science.

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Topics: Irrigation Management, Irrigation Monitoring

Celebrate Smart Irrigation Month

Posted by irrigation.education Community on Jul 11, 2018 10:47:23 AM

July is Smart Irrigation Month! This initiative from the Irrigation Association is used to promote the social, economic, and environmental benefits of efficient irrigation technologies in landscape, turf, and agricultural irrigation. Optimizing water resources is an extremely important part of irrigation.

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Topics: Water Application, Irrigation, Smart Irrigation Month, Irrigation Management, Variable Rate Irrigation

How to Prevent Caked Soil

Posted by irrigation.education Community on May 29, 2018 11:06:46 AM

We can learn a lot from our fields. Working with an agronomist is the best way to learn about your soil and crop conditions, and how you can produce the best yields. Here are a few quick tips that you can use to avoid common soil problems, and make your mechanized irrigation more effective.

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Topics: Irrigation Solutions, Sprinklers, Water Application, Irrigation, Irrigation Management

4 Irrigation Companies that can Help Your Farm

Posted by irrigation.education Community on Mar 26, 2018 1:58:47 PM

Now more than ever, there is a wide range of products available to assist you with your farm operations. Having so many options, and knowing where to start, can be a difficult process. To help you get started, the irrigation.education team created this list of companies that you need to check out! 

 

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Topics: Irrigation Solutions, Technology, Telemetry, Sprinklers, Water Application, AgSense, remote management, Irrigation, Irrigation Management, Irrigation Control, Agriculture

Get the Most From Your BaseStation3

Posted by irrigation.education Community on Aug 16, 2017 9:47:46 AM

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.

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Topics: Center Pivot, Irrigation Management, Agriculture

10 Ways to Retrofit Your Pivot

Posted by Nelson Irrigation on Jun 21, 2017 9:21:00 AM

Are you looking for ways to increase yields and improve your irrigation efficiency? Try these tips for better pivot operation.

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Topics: Irrigation, Irrigation Control, Irrigation Management, Sprinklers, Technology, Upgrade

Are you thinking of switching from surface irrigation to another form of irrigation?

Posted by irrigation.education Community on Jun 14, 2017 8:30:00 AM

There are a lot of factors to consider when converting to a different form of irrigation. What type of irrigation should you switch to? What changes will need to be made to your management? How do you make this transition as easy as possible?

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Topics: Irrigation Solutions, Irrigation Management, Farming, Irrigation

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

Combatting Corrosion for Irrigation Pipelines

Posted by irrigation.education Community on Sep 10, 2015 10:00:00 AM


In the last 20 years, the U.S. has seen a considerable change in groundwater chemicals that drastically affect how water corrodes irrigation pipelines. Corrosive water damages irrigation pipelines and can decrease the life of a center pivot. There are different options available for combating corrosion. Some options are much better than others depending on the pH, chloride, sulfate, and other chemical levels in your water.

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Topics: Irrigation Solutions, Irrigation Management, Center Pivot, Water Application

Stop Getting Stuck in the Mud

Posted by irrigation.education Community on Sep 10, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Deep wheel tracks can be a headache in the field. They lead to low crop clearance and can cause your center pivot or linear to get stuck mid-rotation. A common misconception is that a longer or heavier span automatically means deeper wheel tracks. This is simply not true.

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Topics: Drive Train & Flotation, Center Pivot, Crop Irrigation, Irrigation Management, Tires

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