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Alert! 5 Ways Remote Irrigation Management Eliminates Your Anxiety

by CORBY BENDER2 | Aug 29, 2019

Every grower knows irrigation season can be hectic and demanding. You may think that adding remote technology will be complicated and hard to learn.  However, AgSense® remote irrigation management is just the opposite. It’s very affordable, and the various alerts will make your days and nights much less stressful.

It’s always better to have another set of eyes to make sure everything in your fields is working well; that’s where remote monitoring and control can make a huge difference for your farm. Think of AgSense text and email alerts as that second set of eyes watching your pivot, no matter where you are. 

Let’s take a look at our top 5 must-have notifications:

Start and Stop

You need to monitor your pivot down to the minute. The start and stop features give up-to-the-minute visibility of the field.  It provides insight and historical data, answering important questions like:

  • “What time did my pivot start today?”
  • “Did my pivot execute the timed start or stop command I programmed?”
  • “Did my pivot safety out?”
  • “Did my pivot auto-restart after a power flash or load control event?”

AgSense_tabletAgSense remote irrigation management solutions are simple to learn and can reduce your anxiety during growing season.

Power On/Off

You might think these alerts provide the same information as start/stop alerts; however, there are several ways Power On/Off alerts provides insight into a whole different set of questions, like: “Am I under a load control event?” and “Is my dealer servicing the pivot?” They can also provide a practical use. For instance, if the dealer is working on the pivot, the alert can be used to verify power has been cut to the pivot, keeping everyone safe.

Low or High PSI

Valley Field Commander® remotely monitors pressure in a unique location – right where the Field Commander is installed, out at the end of the pivot. Monitoring the water pressure isn’t the only benefit, though. You can also set up alerts for low/high PSI values. You will know if water availability is becoming an issue late in the season. Low/High PSI alerts can also help you realize that the pivot might have other problems, such as busted nozzles, unexpected pump stops, and numerous other issues that can occur with the pump.

Field commander_devicesWith AgSense and other smart irrigation solutions from Valley, growers can remotely monitor and control their pivots, pumps and more from any smartphone, tablet or PC.

Stuck Pivot Alerts

Field Commander uses GPS technology to determine if the pivot is moving through the field. By configuring your device to send you alerts for a stuck pivot, you can reduce the risk of lost fertilizer, overwatering or waiting too long get it moved out of a problem area in the field. This alert can save you hours of time and reduce potential headaches.

Theft Alerts

Being ripped off by thieves is never a good thing, and if this happens to you in the middle of the night during irrigation season, the cost of the copper is only the beginning. Lost yield and time spent trying to get your pivot running again can be even larger issues.

Smart irrigation solutions from Valley offer many other alerts that can be customized for your specific needs. Once you begin receiving real-time feedback from your pivot, you will wonder how you ever managed without it. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Contact your local dealer today to find out more.

About Terry Schiltz
Director of Domestic Technical Sales
Valley Irrigation