Do it yourself drip tape, fuel pump security, and technologies that measure the nutritional value in alfalfa were hot topics for hay and forage growers attending a 2015 World Ag Expo seminar in Tulare, Calif. in February....More
After several years of development, Toro announces its new Aqua-Traxx FC (Flow Control) drip tape. This product creates an entirely new category within the drip irrigation marketplace.
In the past, growers had to choose between uniformity and control over flow rates. Now, Aqua-Traxx FC provides growers with improved uniformity compared to turbulent-flow devices, and superior ability to control overall system flow rate compared to pressure-compensating devices.
This is made possible through the design of the flow control emitter....More
Nelson Irrigation of Walla Walla, Washington has introduced its 1000 Series valves which the company says will save energy with higher flow capacity and lower friction loss.
The valves have more precise and stable pressure regulation over a wider range of flow and with minimal pressure differential required across the valve.
A modular design provides ultimate flexibility in valve style and connection type while simplifying installation, trouble-shooting, and maintenance – good news for the grower, installer, and system designer....More
The USDA encourages farmers and ranchers to make their voices heard by voting in the current Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committee elections. Completed ballots must be mailed to FSA by Dec. 1....More
California farmers may be known for many things; early adoption of conservation tillage practices is not one of them.
Drought could be changing all that for some as there appears to be interest in growing silage corn using strip-till methods. California’s reliance on silage corn to feed its large dairy herd requires significant acreages, and with it, ample water....More
Growers no longer need to spend time and labor assembling riser pipe in the field with the new Certa-Set preassembled riser from North American Specialty Products LLC (NASP).
The riser is designed to integrate with the company’s Certa-Set PVC irrigation system.
The Certa-Set preassembled riser from NASP (formerly CertainTeed Pipe and Foundations) eliminates the need for customers to source components from multiple suppliers and solvent-weld them together....More
Toro has announced the latest upgrade to its popular AquaFlow drip irrigation design software - AquaFlow 4.0. To improve user access and convenience, AquaFlow 4.0 can now be used online.
The new program format includes expandable panels which automatically adjust to multiple screen and font sizes, and allow instant visibility of design decision results by scrolling....More
Judge Oliver Wanger outlines the legal history that has brought the Central Valley of California to the desperate straits its residents find themselves in as they face one of the driest years in California history....More
Fresno County Supervisor Phil Larson calls Endangered Species Act the biggest threat to farming and industry in the San Joaquin Valley as he and other government officials discuss the current outlook at the World Ag Expo Water Summit....More
California's winter snowpack – often called California’s frozen reservoir – was only 52 percent of normal at the time of year when it historically is at its peak. Today, it is 21 percent of normal....More