Valley Irrigation recently introduced the industry’s first line of GPS Ready irrigation control panels. The GPS Ready PRO2 Pivot Control Panel and GPS Ready AutoPilot Linear Control Panel currently are available from Valley dealers. The GPS Ready Select2 Pivot Control Panel will be available later this year.
“All of our computerized control panels will be GPS Ready, which means producers will be able to easily take advantage of the benefits of GPS technology,” explained Rich Panowicz, manager, Valley Irrigation aftermarket sales and product management. “Producers need to be able to manage precision application of water and fertilizers. GPS Ready control panels for center pivots and linears can help producers do just that. With the high costs of fuel, fertilizer, water and other inputs, it’s important for producers to incorporate these tools that will help their bottom line.”
The GPS Ready control panels are compatible with different types of GPS receivers, including WAAS-enabled receivers giving producers the ability to pick the GPS receiver with the accuracies necessary to meet the required management needs.
“This is a very exciting time for technology in agribusiness,” Panowicz said. “GPS technology allows irrigators to correlate production techniques with land variability, ultimately minimizing costs and maximizing yields.”
This means that instead of applying the same amount of water, fertilizer and other inputs to an entire field, producers can program the panel to apply different levels of inputs within the same field, based on data the GPS receiver collects and feeds to the control panel. In turn, producers don’t have to invest in applying inputs where they aren’t needed and crops have the potential to yield better with better management tools in hands of the producer.