Valley Irrigation GPS Update

Published in the November 2011 Issue Published online: Nov 30, 2011 News

Valley IrrigationValley Irrigation, the Leader in Precision Irrigation, has expanded its 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.

Kurt Dunker, who grows corn and soybeans near North Bend, Neb., 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.

Supplying GPS Guidance products to the market is no trivial task. GPS is still a rapidly evolving technology. Valley Irrigation engineers and industry leading GPS partners work to provide GPS Guidance solutions to the market and seek to continue to provide GPS solutions to growers well into the future.