Pass to success

New irrigation technology in the field


Aconstant speed, even on hills, rocks and slopes. Equally distributed amount of fertilizers and no problems with the characteristics of the landscape or the amount of water needed: these are, for short, the advantages of the new Valley system, X-Tec™.

How can we improve yield with the resources we have? Well, that’s an age-old question in agriculture. Farmers have already learned that water is their main limiting factor when it comes to yields, but Valley pivots can take care of that efficiently.

But the land is not always flat. And, sometimes, the outside temperature is way above the ideal one for the crops. And you really want to put the same amount of chemicals on every inch of the field, without any damage to the young plants.

Therefore, what could you do?

The solutions: tested and tried

You could test everything. And modern farmers are paying for all kinds of research, including determining soil types throughout fields, examining water usage and uniformity through AgSense reports on pivots, performing strip testing and tissue sampling of crops in different fields, and using thermal sensors to measure the temperature difference in the canopy of the crop and more.

Or you can constantly supervise and move the machines. Farmers spend high amounts each year because they have to move all the pipes from one field to another as they rotate crops. This operation involves also maintenance cost and the time to actually operate the system.

Or you could find a better solution to fit all the requirements of the modern agriculture. Valley Irrigation continues to guide growers with new technologies and innovative techniques to gain greater yields and produce healthier crops. The new Valley X-Tec™ advanced DC centre-drive motor does just that. The power allows pivots to move at a smooth, consistent pace, even over varied terrain at any speed, while the FastPass™ technology allows it to operate up to twice the speed of a standard, high-speed AC centre-drive motor.

What are the advantages?

1. The patented alignment technology and robust DC motor keep the pivot moving at a smooth and consistent pace, even over varied terrain. It can move easily over rocks, hills and slopes, moving pivots with ease.

2. Valley X-Tec operates at up to twice the speed of a standard, high-speed AC centre-drive motor.At top speed, chemigation through the pivot is improved as chemicals are not as diluted. On those dangerously hot days of the growing season, plant health can be improved by applying a cooling pass of water. For partial circle pivots, you can now water in one direction and quickly move back to the dry part of your field to begin irrigating again. Damage to young plants from blowing soil can be reduced by applying a light application of water to hold the soil down. Your pivot can be moved out of the way much quicker for harvesting or other operations.

3. The advanced DC motor design provides constant torque throughout a wide speed range, providing growers with unmatched control and additional options to maximize crop yields.

4. In order to get high-quality yields, farmers need a lot of water, and Valley X-Tec helps them to keep up with that high demand. In hot weather areas they run their pivots all day during the hot season, and pivots with Valley X-Tec technology lets irrigation packages to match the water intake rates of the soil and evapotranspiration.

5. The patented alignment technology and robust DC motor of the Valley X-Tec allows it to move at speeds as low as 1 RPM – just 1% of maximum motor speed – or ramp up to a fast 136 RPM, giving growers the ability to gain consistent application at any speed.

6. The robust design behind the Valley X-Tec center drive provides less downtime and lasting durability.

Powerful features

  • Full torque at all speeds
  • Patented, consistent precision alignment
  • Low inertia rotor
  • Electric braking technology
  • Robust design provides lasting durability
  • Soft starts allow for smooth acceleration of the motor

FastPass Application Features

  • Frequent, light application maintains surface moisture during germination.
  • Applying a light mist creates a cooling canopy for high-value crops during the heat of the day.
  • Proper moisture prevents blowing sand from damaging early stage crop growth and minimizes erosion.
  • Provides the opportunity for foliar application of crop protection products, reducing ground and aerial trips, and potential cross-contamination.
  • Increased speeds in low spots prevents over-watering in areas that need little to no water.
  • Allows for more effective split crop management.
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