Irrigation Pumps Move Africans Out of Poverty

Kelly Marshall

Now founder and CEO of KickStart International, Martin Fisher went to Africa for one year.  Seventeen years later he was still in Kenya, finding ways for technology and engineering to make a difference.  Martin presented what he’s learned at the 2017 Water for Food Global Conference where Jamie was able to sit down with him to hear his story of the …

Ag Group, Audio, Food, Irrigation, water

Water for Food Improving Sub-Saharan Security

Kelly Marshall

The 2017 Water for Food Global Conference took place this week at at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.  More than 400 experts attended the event to focus on ways to grow more food with less water.  One of the major topics of concern at the conference was finding new ways to increase sustainable irrigation in sub-Saharan Africa for increased water …

Audio, Food, International, Irrigation, Video, water

Trimble Introduces VRI Pressure Tech for Center Pivots

Kelly Marshall

Trimble has announced an industry-first technology that gets the right amount of water to the right places. Their new Irrigate-IQ optimal flow variable rate irrigation (VRI) solution allows farmers to use VRI on center pivot systems with a standard pumping system or limited well capacity. In the past a grower couldn’t use VRI on a center pivot without risking damage …

Agribusiness, Irrigation, Variable rate

It’s Simple to Start Chemigation with Agri-Inject

Kelly Marshall

Precision irrigation has given growers a new level of control, efficiency, and sustainability and now Agri-Inject is taking that even further with fertigation and chemigation. “Technological improvements have made it possible for ag producers to match nutrient application to the precise needs of their crops on a foot-by-foot basis,” notes Erik Tribelhorn, CEO of Agri-Inject. “With chemigation or fertigation, the …

Agribusiness, Irrigation

Valley Irrigation to Distribute Trimble Irrigation Solution

Kelly Marshall

Trimble has announced that Valley Irrigation will become with sole OEM distributor of their Irrigate-IQ precision irrigation solution. Trimble’ solution will be available in the Valley Corner Sprinkler Sequencing and Variable Rate Irrigation systems from Valley dealers. The collaboration will bring growers advance control, GPS-guided, individual nozzle irrigation solutions. “Valley is excited to work with Trimble and believes that this …

Agribusiness, Irrigation, Trimble

Hortau Irrigation Company Expanding Rapidly

Kelly Marshall

Hortau has been in the business of providing precision irrigation management systems for nearly 15 years– but they’re not done growing yet. Recently named as one of THRIVE AgTech’s Top 50 growth companies, Hortau expanded by 50 percent in 2016, moving into Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas. Originally founded in Quebec, the company now covers North America from coast to coast, …

Agribusiness, Irrigation

Hugreen Finds a Better Way for Small Farm Irrigation

Kelly Marshall

Hugreen is an agriculture technology startup dedicated to bringing high tech precision solutions to smallholder farmers. The company has just announced an Indiegogo campaign for Gnome, their flagship product that uses solar and radio frequency to power a smart irrigation system. The Gnome system is comprised of a network of sensors and water valves, connected to one central hub: The …

Agribusiness, Irrigation, Water Management

Wuertz Earns Netafim Award for Microirrigation

Kelly Marshall

Howard Wuertz’s work in the adaptation of drip irrigation technology in the western US has earned him the third annual Netafim Award for Advancement in Microirrigation.  Netafim is a leader in drip irrigation.  Together with the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) the two honor an ASABE member who has advanced the use and adaption of microirrigation technology …

Agribusiness, Award, Irrigation

Don’t Wait…Fungigate Says Agri-Inject

Joanna Schroeder

Don’t wait…fungigate says Agri-Inject as the crops are rapidly maturing around the country. It is during this time, the company says, that fungal diseases are one of those yield-robbing dangers. However, when they are detected early, timely fungicide applications can protect yields. Agri-Inject says among fungicide application options available to growers, one that can easily be overlooked is fungigation but …

Agribusiness, Fungicides, Irrigation

Introducing the Yara Water Solution

Joanna Schroeder

With water supplies and access to water, especially in states such as California, there is an opportunity to develop tools and technologies to enable plants to capitalize on what water they do have. One new product is the Yara Water Solution, a plant-based sensor that allows direct communication with the plant, such as citrus crops, during the entire growing period. …

Crop Nutrition, Fertilizer, Irrigation, Pesticides, Water Management