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  • Switching from Flood to Pivot Irrigation Leads to Tripled Hay Production

    A couple of years after George Kahrl graduated with a sociology degree from Harvard in 1983, he bought a small, flood-irrigated ranch with 140 heifers. Over the years, he bought and sold a number of farms and ranches from families who were getting out of the business, built them up and sold them again. Kahrl started Sarah Faith Ranch in Pinedale, Wyoming, from scratch in 2016 and now...more
    A couple of years after George Kahrl graduated with a sociology degree from Harvard in 1983, he bought a small, flood-irrigated ranch with 140 heifers. Over the years, he bought and sold a number of farms and ranches from families who were getting out of the business, built them up and sold them again. Kahrl started Sarah Faith Ranch in Pinedale, Wyoming, from scratch in 2016 and now...more · Oct 03, 2019
  • A Long and Winding Road: Irrigation Innovator Looks Back on His Career at Valley

    Jake LaRue has traveled the world to consult on all aspects of irrigation, and has been awarded several patents for his work for Valley®. He’s even worked with “cosmic ray neutron probes,” which sounds like something out of a superhero movie. But it wasn’t always that way. He started much smaller. The Director of Research & Development began his career with a local Valley Irrigat...more
    Jake LaRue has traveled the world to consult on all aspects of irrigation, and has been awarded several patents for his work for Valley®. He’s even worked with “cosmic ray neutron probes,” which sounds like something out of a superhero movie. But it wasn’t always that way. He started much smaller. The Director of Research & Development began his career with a local Valley Irrigat...more · Apr 11, 2019
  • Making Hay: ICONX Smart Irrigation Control Panel Helps Canadian Grower

    Like most growers around the world, Cale Hubka has a lot on his plate. He took over Hubka Hay from his father five years ago, after renting land since age 18. The operation now consists of over 10,000 acres, mostly growing forage like alfalfa, timothy grass and mixed hay, as well as some wheat and peas. He’s in charge of all harvest operations and water management. “Forage keeps us b...more
    Like most growers around the world, Cale Hubka has a lot on his plate. He took over Hubka Hay from his father five years ago, after renting land since age 18. The operation now consists of over 10,000 acres, mostly growing forage like alfalfa, timothy grass and mixed hay, as well as some wheat and peas. He’s in charge of all harvest operations and water management. “Forage keeps us b...more · Apr 04, 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
  • Irrigating Multiple Crops with Center Pivots

    Fernando and Carmelo Beloni represent the third generation of their family working in the fields of Brazil. They moved from Vargem Grande (São Paulo) to Patrocínio (Minas Gerais) in search of better growing conditions, and for the last 21 years have made lands mostly known for coffee support many other crops, as well. "We were attracted to the cerrado (a vast, tropical savann...more
    Fernando and Carmelo Beloni represent the third generation of their family working in the fields of Brazil. They moved from Vargem Grande (São Paulo) to Patrocínio (Minas Gerais) in search of better growing conditions, and for the last 21 years have made lands mostly known for coffee support many other crops, as well. "We were attracted to the cerrado (a vast, tropical savann...more · Oct 18, 2018
  • Sold on First-Year Savings and Greater Uniformity With Pivot Irrigation

    K & L Forest Nursery grows pine trees, which can be used for everything from creating oriented strand board (OSB), to building light poles, to providing pulp for paper, to burning as biomass in power plants. Growing between 18 and 20 million trees per year, Ken Singleton, owner of K & L Forest Nursery, says that while the land and climate in south-central Georgia is perfect f...more
    K & L Forest Nursery grows pine trees, which can be used for everything from creating oriented strand board (OSB), to building light poles, to providing pulp for paper, to burning as biomass in power plants. Growing between 18 and 20 million trees per year, Ken Singleton, owner of K & L Forest Nursery, says that while the land and climate in south-central Georgia is perfect f...more · Oct 04, 2018
  • Drip Irrigation vs. Center Pivots: Separating Fact From Fiction: Part 2

    Drip vs. Pivot In More Detail Wait! Before you read this, be sure to check out Part 1 here, where we identified three main factors when considering whether to install a center pivot or a drip irrigation system. Initial investment cost, labor and peace of mind are the three main things to consider when analyzing drip irrigation against center pivots. But those aren’t ...more
    Drip vs. Pivot In More Detail Wait! Before you read this, be sure to check out Part 1 here, where we identified three main factors when considering whether to install a center pivot or a drip irrigation system. Initial investment cost, labor and peace of mind are the three main things to consider when analyzing drip irrigation against center pivots. But those aren’t ...more · Sep 06, 2018
  • Drip Irrigation vs. Center Pivots: Separating Fact From Fiction: Part 1

    Over time, two different types of irrigation have been recognized as superior methods — drip and center pivots. Growers now associate certain pluses and minuses with each. Some of these assumptions are true. Some are myths. So how do you make a decision between the two? You compare the facts. This is the first of a series of blog posts that will address some of these misconcept...more
    Over time, two different types of irrigation have been recognized as superior methods — drip and center pivots. Growers now associate certain pluses and minuses with each. Some of these assumptions are true. Some are myths. So how do you make a decision between the two? You compare the facts. This is the first of a series of blog posts that will address some of these misconcept...more · Aug 30, 2018
  • Irrigation Smart Panels: ICONs in Brazil

    Brothers Cristian and Martin Braun have grown soybeans, corn and beans since 1989, but recently they have begun investing in irrigation technology to increase their profitability. This forward thinking led them to purchase their first ICON10 smart panel from Valley® Irrigation. It was installed in mid-May on their farm in Primavero do Leste, in Mato Grasso, a state bordering Bolivia i...more
    Brothers Cristian and Martin Braun have grown soybeans, corn and beans since 1989, but recently they have begun investing in irrigation technology to increase their profitability. This forward thinking led them to purchase their first ICON10 smart panel from Valley® Irrigation. It was installed in mid-May on their farm in Primavero do Leste, in Mato Grasso, a state bordering Bolivia i...more · Aug 09, 2018