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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.
  • Technology: The Catalyst for Efficient Irrigation

    Peter Drucker, an American-Austrian author once said, “Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.” Growing up, I remember always trying to use a set of wheels to help with whatever job I was doing. Unfortunately, trying to come up with “an easier way” often cost me more time than it would have just to do the job the proven way from the beginning using t...more
    Peter Drucker, an American-Austrian author once said, “Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.” Growing up, I remember always trying to use a set of wheels to help with whatever job I was doing. Unfortunately, trying to come up with “an easier way” often cost me more time than it would have just to do the job the proven way from the beginning using t...more · Jun 14, 2018
  • AgSense Remote Irrigation Monitoring Helps Minnesota Grower Produce Top-Quality Potatoes

    Irrigation is important for many growers, but some crops have more demanding moisture requirements than others. Pete Ewing, a second-generation potato farmer near Big Lake, Minnesota, has found that red potatoes are picky about getting the right amount of water. "People buy red potatoes by appearance," Pete explains. "They want them to look pretty. We're on fairly sandy soil here, and...more
    Irrigation is important for many growers, but some crops have more demanding moisture requirements than others. Pete Ewing, a second-generation potato farmer near Big Lake, Minnesota, has found that red potatoes are picky about getting the right amount of water. "People buy red potatoes by appearance," Pete explains. "They want them to look pretty. We're on fairly sandy soil here, and...more · Jun 12, 2018
  • From Peasant to Entrepreneur (An international success story)

    Eliésio Rodrigues was raised with a hoe in his hand. He was only 9 years old when he started to work on the farms of Lagoa Formosa in Minas Gerais, a state – bigger than France – in southeastern Brazil. He spent more than 15 years picking coffee and beans for someone else, all while sowing the seeds of the dream that he would be in charge of his own crop one day. That modest dream spr...more
    Eliésio Rodrigues was raised with a hoe in his hand. He was only 9 years old when he started to work on the farms of Lagoa Formosa in Minas Gerais, a state – bigger than France – in southeastern Brazil. He spent more than 15 years picking coffee and beans for someone else, all while sowing the seeds of the dream that he would be in charge of his own crop one day. That modest dream spr...more · Jun 07, 2018
  • Center Pivot Irrigation vs. Flood Irrigation, Part 2: Return of the Sprinklers

    Editor’s note: A few weeks ago, we ran a blog about the merits of center pivot irrigation as compared to flood irrigation. This is Part 2 in our series, which more closely examines the role of sprinklers...more
    Editor’s note: A few weeks ago, we ran a blog about the merits of center pivot irrigation as compared to flood irrigation. This is Part 2 in our series, which more closely examines the role of sprinklers...more · Jun 05, 2018
  • Center Pivots on the Other Side of the World

    Less than a year ago, if you had asked me to think of a “textbook” picture of a center pivot, I would more than likely have imagined a shiny, seven-span pivot (Valley® 8000 Series, of course), brushing over the top of a perfectly flat, quarter-section cornfield in Nebraska. After a recent business trip to Australia and New Zealand, I can confidently say that this image has since chan...more
    Less than a year ago, if you had asked me to think of a “textbook” picture of a center pivot, I would more than likely have imagined a shiny, seven-span pivot (Valley® 8000 Series, of course), brushing over the top of a perfectly flat, quarter-section cornfield in Nebraska. After a recent business trip to Australia and New Zealand, I can confidently say that this image has since chan...more · May 31, 2018
  • A River Ran Through It: (Changing Water Routes, Pump Irrigation and Center Pivots)

    In the shadow of the Three Sisters Mountains near Sisters, OR, sits Pine Meadow Ranch. Over the years, the ranchers there have seen many significant changes when it comes to water: managing their own dam, solving water and fish migration issues, creating a new point of water diversion, and replacing wheel line and flood irrigation methods with center pivot irrigation. The History of ...more
    In the shadow of the Three Sisters Mountains near Sisters, OR, sits Pine Meadow Ranch. Over the years, the ranchers there have seen many significant changes when it comes to water: managing their own dam, solving water and fish migration issues, creating a new point of water diversion, and replacing wheel line and flood irrigation methods with center pivot irrigation. The History of ...more · May 24, 2018
  • Upgrade Your Nozzle Knowledge (Choosing the Right Irrigation Sprinkler)

    Not all sprinklers are created equal, and not all growers’ needs are the same. The right sprinkler can have a huge impact for a number of specific reasons. Introducing the i-Wob2 The I-Wob just got even better with the I-Wob2. The i-Wob from Senninger was already the most imitated irrigation sprinkler on the market, but now it’s even better. The new i-Wob2 is designed to be the longe...more
    Not all sprinklers are created equal, and not all growers’ needs are the same. The right sprinkler can have a huge impact for a number of specific reasons. Introducing the i-Wob2 The I-Wob just got even better with the I-Wob2. The i-Wob from Senninger was already the most imitated irrigation sprinkler on the market, but now it’s even better. The new i-Wob2 is designed to be the longe...more · May 10, 2018
  • X-Tec: More than Just Fast Irrigation (Seeing is Believing)

    The Valley® X-Tec® center drive motor is impressing growers at agricultural shows, not only in the United States but also around the globe. Everyone who sees it work is blown away by the combination of speed and power that our innovative FastPass™ technology delivers for farm irrigation. However, X-Tec is more than fast and powerful. It’s also efficient, precise and versatile, helpin...more
    The Valley® X-Tec® center drive motor is impressing growers at agricultural shows, not only in the United States but also around the globe. Everyone who sees it work is blown away by the combination of speed and power that our innovative FastPass™ technology delivers for farm irrigation. However, X-Tec is more than fast and powerful. It’s also efficient, precise and versatile, helpin...more · May 03, 2018
  • A Mobile App For Irrigators Who Don't Use Mobile Apps Yet (Try It, You'll Like It!)

    No, it’s not a new fitness app brought to you by Valley to track how fast you run – we will leave that to Nike. Valley® Irrigation Run Time® is a mobile application available to anyone to help keep track of irrigation operations. It is a simple tool that we released late in 2017 and is free to download, available for iOS and Android devices. Think of it kind of like a diet tracking a...more
    No, it’s not a new fitness app brought to you by Valley to track how fast you run – we will leave that to Nike. Valley® Irrigation Run Time® is a mobile application available to anyone to help keep track of irrigation operations. It is a simple tool that we released late in 2017 and is free to download, available for iOS and Android devices. Think of it kind of like a diet tracking a...more · Apr 26, 2018