Irrigate-IQ Puts Water in Right Place
Irrigate-IQ technology allows producers without a variable frequency drive irrigation pump to create no-spray areas, which allows irrigation to focus on high-production portions of a field. Water pressure is regulated across a pivot at all points in the field, reducing risks of equipment damage. For more details, see www.trimble.com.
Center and Lateral Pivot Combo
The Pivoting Lateral Move System is a marriage of a center pivot with a lateral move irrigation system. Reinke’s new offering enables farmers to increase irrigated acreage on irregular fields. It can be programmed for various configurations and can autonomously switch from pivot mode to lateral mode.
Reinke’s Touch Screen Control Panel allows farmers to import a field image and program irrigation stages to cover each acre. Farmers have complete control over how the system moves across a field. For more, see www.reinke.com.
Root Demand Irrigation Production Ends
Sale and production of Valmont’s root demand irrigation (RDI) technology, which used underground tubing technology developed by DuPont, has been shelved.
“Effective Nov. 12, 2015, Valmont announced its decision to suspend commercial sales of its root demand irrigation product and all corresponding investments, including marketing, manufacturing, R&D facilities and other related activities,” says Gregg Schmidt, DuPont spokesman.
Developmental Technologies LLC (DTL) filed suit against Valmont and DuPont in 2015, alleging “unauthorized removal and misappropriation of DTL’s proprietary, confidential and trade secret information.” DTL claims RDI is based on its Eco-Ag irrigation processes and research.
In 2009, DTL invited dozens of companies, including DuPont and Valmont, to review Eco-Ag’s potential. According to the complaint, all parties signed non-disclosure and non-use agreements with DTL. Those agreements run through 2016 for Valmont and 2019 for DuPont.
“Our case is still in place with the original complaints against Valmont and DuPont. We’re looking forward to trial in late 2016,” says Dave Conklin, executive vice president, DTL. The complaint includes: misappropriation of trade, misappropriation of ideas, unfair trade practices, breach of contract and unfair competition.
For customers who have purchased the RDI product, Valmont will work with dealers to ensure customer satisfaction, Schmidt says.
WireRat copper theft protection now provides more tailored options for pivot systems. The new WireRat Pivot Monitoring Solution offerings range from a standalone span cable theft detection device to a monitoring system with status updates, GPS and remote shutdown. WireRat didn’t change its core product features, such as no external power requirement, no monthly fees and brand agnosticism.
Price range: $549 to $1,299. For more, visit www.netirrigate.com