VALLEY, Neb. — Valley Irrigation, an irrigation technology provider, introduced a new center pivot control now available with the new Valley Icon series of smart panels, providing 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 full-color touchscreen interface can be adapted to today’s quick changing technology.
To bring that technology center stage, each panel comes equipped with AgSense Icon Link, so all four models are compatible with both AgSense and BaseStation3 telemetry technology, says John Campbell, Valley Irrigation manager of technology advancement and adoption.
The new Valley Icon smart panels
Valley Icon10, 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 Icon5 features many of the same benefits as the Icon10 on a smaller, 5 inch display, and with soft touch buttons that provide precise control.
With the Valley Icon1, 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 IconX 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.
New Edge-of-Field WiFi technology
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.