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

Which Irrigation Type is Best For You?

Posted by irrigation.education Community on Mar 21, 2016 3:09:17 PM

Flood, drip, and mechanized are all common types of irrigation that are used in agriculture. If you’re looking to add irrigation to your dry land, it’s important to understand the benefits and drawbacks of each type in order to make the right decision for your fields. Before you decide on your method(s), you need to fully understand your field’s topography, soils, available water, and crop type(s). When you have a complete understanding of your field’s layout and composition, you’re ready to begin searching for the right method of irrigation.

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Topics: Irrigation Solutions

Discover Center Pivot Components

Posted by irrigation.education Community on Jan 13, 2016 9:20:13 AM


Center pivots have evolved into complex machines that do more than just move in a circle and pump water onto the ground. But even with all the complexities, a modern-day pivot can be broken down into a handful of main components that make up the core framework. These major components include the pivot point, control panel, spans, drive units, and tower boxes.

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Topics: Irrigation Solutions

How a Center Pivot Irrigation Machine Works

Posted by irrigation.education Community on Jan 4, 2016 10:25:01 AM

Start With The Basics

Center pivot machines have been used in irrigation for decades. Center pivots, one of several types of mechanized irrigation machines, can lead to increased yields and less water wasted compared to other irrigation practices such as flood irrigation. But how exactly does a center pivot work? Let’s first discuss some components that will help explain the concept.

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Topics: Irrigation Solutions

Choose the Right Sprinkler for Your Center Pivot

Posted by irrigation.education Community on Oct 9, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Precise water application is the key to maximizing yields and making the most of your resources. However, choosing the right irrigation sprinkler package for center pivots can be difficult with so many sprinkler options and several external factors to consider. From soil type, crop type, and climate, to individual field characteristics, it’s important to know how each factor may impact your sprinkler selection.

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

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