Valley Introduces GPS For Corner Irrigation

Valley Intuicom RTK Bridge

Valley Irrigation introduced GPS guidance for corner irrigation equipment during the 2009 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, IL. This new introduction will allow producers to install corner irrigation equipment where it previously might have been difficult or cost prohibitive to do so — in turn giving them an opportunity to increase the number of acres available for production.

“A lot of producers face a number of challenges that prevent them from installing corner equipment, and we think GPS Guidance for corners will help solve those problems,” said Wade Sikkink, equipment product manager for Valley Irrigation. “For example, it could be cost-prohibitive to dig up ground to install underground wire for conventional corner guidance, especially if you have to go through any rock.”

Sikkink further explained that forces of nature also can disrupt the steering of corner equipment that operates with underground wires, such as rodents damaging wires or lightning strikes interrupting signals.

Even man-made events can be prohibitive and render ineffective the underground wiring of conventional corner guidance. For example, installation of corner irrigation equipment in areas of high power lines has been known to cause guidance problems and might have been prohibitive in the past. But the new Valley GPS Guidance for corners provides a solution.

Steve Oberg, a potatoes, corn, and soybean grower near Pelican Rapids, N.D. has firsthand knowledge of the problems associated with power lines and the benefits of the Valley GPS Guidance.

One of Oberg’s corner machines was installed in 1995 and operated on underground wire until this year. The machine happens to be next to some high voltage transmission lines.

“Those lines started emitting more stray voltage this year. The change in voltage interfered with the antenna on our corner machine so it couldn’t steer when it approached the lines,” Oberg said. “I talked with the power company and they acknowledged the voltage fluctuations, but they didn’t make any immediate changes because it wasn’t a threat and I guess I was the only one that asked them to do something about it.”

“The only option was to put GPS guidance on the machine. If GPS wasn’t available, I’m not sure how we would have been able to steer through that part of the field. Now that it’s installed and running, it doesn’t get any interference,” Oberg said. “In fact, the corner machine has been steering as good, if not better, than it did on the wire.”

GPS Guidance for corners is just the latest in Advance Technologies from Valley. GPS Ready control panels were introduced last November and GPS Guidance for linears followed in March.

GPS Guidance for corners features a unique, one-receiver design and is compatible with existing John Deere Starfire RTK corrections. Visit the Valley Irrigation web site for more information.

Topics: ,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Equipment Stories
BusinessSentera Joins Forces With Another Drone Distributor
September 13, 2016
Sentera has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Dynamic UAV Solutions North America, LLC, a new distributor in the commercial Read More
eBee SQ Drone
EquipmentsenseFly Launches High Precision, Large Coverage eBee SQ Drone
August 31, 2016
Swiss professional drone manufacturer, senseFly, expanded its portfolio today with the launch of the new eBee SQ fixed-wing agricultural drone. Read More
Automonous Tractor
EquipmentAutonomous Solutions, CNH Industrial Unveil Concept Autonomous Tractors
August 30, 2016
Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) and CNH Industrial have announced the unveiling of concept autonomous tractors. ASI is CNH Industrial’s technology Read More
John Deere ExactApply
EquipmentJohn Deere Introduces ExactApply Nozzle Control For Sprayers
August 30, 2016
Producers and ag service providers can gain greater accuracy over their spray applications with John Deere ExactApply intelligent nozzle control Read More
Trending Articles
Mitchell Technical Institute students with drone
IntegratorsMTI Precision Ag Students Use Drone Technology
September 19, 2016
After weeks of sitting in the classroom, several Mitchell Technical Institute students were able to spend a few hours outside Read More
Robotics AGCO Fendt Guide Connect
Market ImpactReport: Ag Robots And Drones May Be A $10 Billion Market By 2022
September 7, 2016
Robots and drones have begun to quietly transform many aspects of agriculture. In fact, the IDTechEx Research report on Agricultural Read More
SDWG Bret Weisenburger
BusinessMZB Technologies, Climate FieldView Announce Data Integration for 2017 Season
September 6, 2016
MZB Technologies announces a data connectivity agreement with The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Co., providing increased precision agriculture Read More
Deere R4023 cab
BusinessReport: Smart Agriculture Market Worth $19 Billion By 2021
September 6, 2016
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Smart Agriculture Market – With Forecast (2016-2021)” report to their offering. Read More
SDWG Bret Weisenburger
IntegratorsThe Top 10 People In Precision Agriculture
August 15, 2016
Precision agriculture — with all its wacky technologies and advanced algorithms and such — remains a people business. So, without Read More
Ag Drone
Technology10 Bold Predictions For Precision Agriculture
August 11, 2016
The future of technology in agriculture has never looked brighter, or more confusing than it does in 2016. We at Read More
Latest News
BusinessADAPT Conversion Toolkit Making In Roads With Equipment…
September 22, 2016
A leading group of equipment manufacturers will soon release products that greatly enhance a grower’s ability to manage data across Read More
Business2016 Farm Science Review: Talkin’ New Products, Educati…
September 21, 2016
The Ohio State University’s Farm Science Review has become an annual rite of fall for Buckeye State growers, retailers and Read More
Farmers Edge Truck
DataFarmers Edge Awarded $6.1M Investment From Sustainable …
September 21, 2016
Farmers Edge, a global leader in precision agriculture and independent data management solutions, has announced that it will receive $6,107,563 Read More
BusinessGMO Aphids to Battle Weeds? It’s Not as Far Fetch…
September 21, 2016
No, I am not talking about optimizing aphids for a global agricultural armageddon. That would be silly. I’m talking about Read More
Young Corn Field
Best PracticesNitrogen: The Key to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
September 20, 2016
Precision ag can play a key role in reducing agriculture’s impact on greenhouse gases by limiting the nitrogen rate. Read More
W. Wade Robey, Raven
Industry NewsRaven Adds New Director Of Engineering
September 19, 2016
W. Wade Robey, Ph.D., joined Raven Applied Technology in August 2016 as Director of Engineering. In this role, he leads Read More
Mitchell Technical Institute students with drone
IntegratorsMTI Precision Ag Students Use Drone Technology
September 19, 2016
After weeks of sitting in the classroom, several Mitchell Technical Institute students were able to spend a few hours outside Read More
BusinessOPINION: Climate Corp. is the Jewel in Bayer’s Monsanto…
September 15, 2016
PERSPECTIVE: Over the next few days and weeks in the ag media space the major players will examine this latest Read More
Sugarcane India
Market ImpactPlantations International Brings Precision Farming Tech…
September 14, 2016
Hong Kong-based plantation and farm management company Plantations International has announced it is moving its contact centre from the Indian Read More
Corn close up
Start-UpsLewis & Clark Ventures Raises $20 Million For Agric…
September 13, 2016
Lewis & Clark Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on Series A and B stage investments, has announced $20 million Read More
BusinessSentera Joins Forces With Another Drone Distributor
September 13, 2016
Sentera has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Dynamic UAV Solutions North America, LLC, a new distributor in the commercial Read More
New Zealand agriculture
Market ImpactPrecision Ag Technology Helping New Zealand Agriculture…
September 12, 2016
New Zealand has an enormous opportunity to use technology as a means to support the economic growth of its agri Read More
Robotics AGCO Fendt Guide Connect
Market ImpactReport: Ag Robots And Drones May Be A $10 Billion Marke…
September 7, 2016
Robots and drones have begun to quietly transform many aspects of agriculture. In fact, the IDTechEx Research report on Agricultural Read More
EventsPrecisionAg Vision Conference: Find Your Future in Phoe…
September 7, 2016
As the summer winds down and harvest begins in earnest, the time for immersing ourselves in future planning is getting Read More
SDWG Bret Weisenburger
BusinessMZB Technologies, Climate FieldView Announce Data Integ…
September 6, 2016
MZB Technologies announces a data connectivity agreement with The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Co., providing increased precision agriculture Read More
DigiFarm
Start-UpsDigiFarm Puts The Precision In Precision Agriculture
September 6, 2016
While the general public adjusts to the idea of self-driving cars, in the agricultural world it’s old hat, writes Joe Read More
Craige Mackenzie
GrowersAgribusiness: Efficiency Through Precision Farming
September 6, 2016
Craige MacKenzie travelled recently to St Louis, MO, to receive the award of Precision Agriculture Farmer of the Year from Read More
RainWise AgroMET IP-100 Internet Package
DataRainWise Spotlights Importance Of Agricultural Weather …
September 6, 2016
RainWise, Inc. believes monitoring weather data can assist farmers in making smarter decisions on the farm, especially with planting, harvesting, Read More