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David Sparks Ph.d Smart Irrigation
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Line on Agriculture
Date: November 24, 2017

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 Growers are about to gain smarter, simpler options for controlling and managing their irrigation pivots. Valley® Irrigation, the leader in irrigation technology, introduces the smartest center pivot control available today with the new Valley ICON series of smart panels, providing intuitive control for any center pivot irrigation machine.


The ICON panels accommodate irrigators with varying needs. Whether buying a new pivot, upgrading an existing panel, changing from another brand of pivot, or switching from a different irrigation method, the advantage of operating an intuitive, full-color touchscreen interface that can be adapted to today’s quick changing technology is key. The ICON panels have expanded connectivity on a smart relay board, so they are ready for future upgrades. To bring that technology center stage, each panel comes equipped with AgSense® ICON Link, so all four models are compatible with both AgSense and BaseStation3TM telemetry technology. That makes it easy for growers to view data and control their pivots remotely, whether they’re expanding existing networks or just starting with remote monitoring and control.”


The Valley ICON10TM, equipped with a 10-inch, full-color touchscreen display, works much like a tablet, but it’s right at the pivot point. It provides all the features of the current Pro2 control panel from Valley, but with more memory and speed. It is also GPS Ready and works with Valley Variable Rate Irrigation (VRI) Speed Control and VRI Zone Control programs.


The Valley ICON5TM features many of the same benefits as the ICON10 on a smaller, five-inch display, and with soft touch buttons that provide easy, precise control. Growers have full touchscreen control with a remote device, so there is no need to visit the pivot point or open the control panel to manage the machine. Growers can manage and control their pivots with a desktop, tablet or smartphone remotely through the ICON app, available for both iOS and Android. They can also use the ICON1 to connect to the app from the edge of their field using the new Edge-of-Field WiFi technology, saving them time as well as wear and tear on their vehicle.


The Valley ICONXTM easily brings any control panel – including all major pivot brand panels – into the AgSense or BaseStation3 network. It takes control of an existing panel using that panel’s circuits to deliver full ICON panel control. It’s an affordable way to upgrade and put more pivots on one network.

The new Valley Edge-of-Field WiFi technology allows growers to connect to their panel in the field without having to travel to the pivot point. It provides control with any tablet or smartphone through the ICON app. It comes standard with the ICON1 and is optional with the ICON10.

 The operator now has the ability to control the pivot remotely while in the field and can have full control of the machine from the comfort of their truck or cab of their tractor. 

formal instruction,” Johnson explains. “My dad, who is older and still using a flip phone, didn’t want the change, so he let me put it on a less active pivot. Now that he’s tried the ICON10, he wishes we’d put it on a very active pivot. It’s really simple to use, the software is great, and it’s very descriptive for the farmer to see what’s going on in the field.”


“There is wind, rain and temperature monitoring available with optional sensors,” says Vice President of Marketing, Matt Ondrejko. “This allows the grower to set parameters for their pivots. For example, if it rains an inch, the panel can be programmed to shut the pivot off. Or if the wind is blowing at a set 20 miles per hour, or the temperature goes above 75 degrees, the grower can tell the machine to stop at a certain field position.”

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