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Valley® Irrigation is the worldwide leader in precision irrigation. The Valley brand of center pivot, linear, and corner equipment provides solutions for conserving water and meeting the growing demand for food.
  • 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
  • Durability for Decades: Valley Linear Machine Stands the Test of Time

    An 18-year-old Valley® linear irrigation machine, left idle in an Australian paddock for more than a decade, has made an astonishing return to service. Actually, says the grower, it’s not all that astonishing. Greg Ernst says the well-known Valley reputation for quality was one of the factors that led him to purchase one of the company’s linears in 2001 to help feed his dairy cattle i...more
    An 18-year-old Valley® linear irrigation machine, left idle in an Australian paddock for more than a decade, has made an astonishing return to service. Actually, says the grower, it’s not all that astonishing. Greg Ernst says the well-known Valley reputation for quality was one of the factors that led him to purchase one of the company’s linears in 2001 to help feed his dairy cattle i...more · Mar 14, 2019
  • Built for This: Valley GPS Guidance Custom-Designed for Corner Irrigation Machines

    What would the world look like today without GPS? We would still have to read paper maps, nobody would have Snapchat geo-filters, and you also wouldn’t know when your Uber driver was arriving. All joking aside, GPS technology has without a doubt changed our everyday lives and how countless industries operate. Agriculture is no exception to this. Auto-steering combines, end-of-pivot o..
    What would the world look like today without GPS? We would still have to read paper maps, nobody would have Snapchat geo-filters, and you also wouldn’t know when your Uber driver was arriving. All joking aside, GPS technology has without a doubt changed our everyday lives and how countless industries operate. Agriculture is no exception to this. Auto-steering combines, end-of-pivot o.. · Mar 07, 2019
  • 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