Valmont Irrigation, the Leader in Precision Irrigation, has expanded their Valley GPS product line. Valley GPS Guidance for corners and linear irrigation equipment is now compatible with both John Deere® Starfire™ and Trimble® GPS products.
“We have been very pleased by the popularity of Valley GPS Guidance for corners and linear irrigation equipment” said Scott Mauseth, Valmont Irrigation Advanced Technology Product Manager. “Being compatible with both John Deere GPS and Trimble GPS base stations means even more growers can take advantage of the Valley GPS Guidance for their irrigation equipment. Compatibility with the GPS systems growers already use on their tractors and combines significantly lowers the costs associated with implementing GPS Guidance for their irrigation equipment.”
Kurt Dunker, who farms corn and soybeans, started using Trimble RTK Guidance on his farm four years ago. Though he has been a longtime user of Valley irrigation machines, until this year he was not able to use his existing Trimble RTK GPS base station with Valley GPS Guidance on his irrigation equipment.
“We have had really good luck with Trimble, and once you start with a GPS company, you don’t want to switch,” Dunker said. “We’re eager to use the Valley RTK GPS Guidance with Trimble this year on a new machine with a corner arm, and we’re considering future installation on existing irrigation equipment.”
Dunker explained that the compatibility with Trimble GPS base stations will make conversions from buried wire to Valley GPS Guidance easier, as it doesn’t require the same labor and maintenance as buried wire. Dunker said another advantage of GPS Guidance is that he can install a corner machine on rented ground without the commitment of a buried wire.
Mauseth added that the Valley GPS Guidance options provide growers opportunities to put more acreage into irrigated production.
“What we’re seeing lately is the desire to get every acre into irrigated production. In some fields, using the conventional buried wire is just not possible due to sub-surface rock, drain tile, underground pipelines, etc.,” Mauseth said. “Valley GPS Guidance solves all of these issues.”
Mauseth added that supplying GPS Guidance products to the market is no trivial task. “GPS is still a rapidly evolving technology. Our dedicated Valmont Irrigation engineers and industry leading GPS partners allow us to confidently provide GPS Guidance solutions to the market and will let us continue to provide GPS solutions to growers well into the future.
For more information about GPS offerings with Valmont Irrigation, producers can contact their local Valley dealers.