How some Farmers are turning to Drones, Aerial Imaging for help with Drip System Maintenance

Ongoing drip system maintenance helps lengthen the life of the drip tape and improves its performance – and helps maximize farm profitability.

Maintenance practices are evolving as quickly as irrigation technology itself. In the past, lines were flushed with N-phuric acid and visual scouting was used to identify hotspots.

Today, fixed wing aircraft, satellites, and drones equipped with high tech cameras are used to scout large acreages quickly and efficiently, revealing problems in real time. And the results are nothing short of spectacular. Continue reading

New World Water Day episode of The Water Zone Ag this Thursday

Tomorrow, March 22, 2018 at 6p.m. PST on The Water Zone Ag Radio Show, tune in for an extra special Ag episode in honor of World Water Day 2018 hosted by agricultural irrigation veterans, Inge Bisconer and Paul McFadden.

Inge and Paul will host Dr. Glenda Humiston, vice president of the University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.   They’ll discuss the 2018 Farm Bill currently being crafted by Congress, and the implications for California agriculture.  They’ll also talk to Dr. Humiston about Sustainable California, the University of California’s newly launched media and web initiative. Continue reading

The Toro Company Names Director of Marketing for Agriculture Business

The Toro Company has announced Ralf San Jose as director of marketing for Toro’s agricultural business.  Prior to joining Toro, San Jose held various marketing and senior leadership roles both in the United States, as well as internationally and throughout Latin America. In his new role, San Jose will oversee Toro’s marketing and product development strategy for the agricultural market. Continue reading

World Ag Expo Planner – 5 Picks for your 2018 Farm Show

The 2018 World Ag Expo is almost here! Thousands of exhibitors and tens of thousands of visitors will descend upon the International Agri-Center in Tulare, California for 3 full days of ag festivities.   Planning ahead is a good way to make sure you make the most of your farm show experience, and to help you do that, we’ve put together our top 5 things to lookout for from Toro Ag at this year’s Tulare farm show. Continue reading

Toro Ag Irrigation Show 2017 – FlowControl Drip Irrigation, Greenhouse Irrigation, Permanent Crop, Evolution AG and more!

Join us NEXT WEEK in Orlando, Florida for the complete Toro Ag Irrigation Show 2017 experience!  Be sure to stop by booth #901 on Wednesday, November 8 and Thursday, November 9, to check out our newest products and discover the right drip irrigation solution for you. Continue reading

Recycling Irrigation Plastics keeps it out of Landfills

For decades, irrigation has helped farmers produce higher yields of better quality using fewer resources. But at the end of its lifecycle, many irrigation plastics need to be recycled. Until recently, most recycled drip tapes, polytube and driplines were placed in landfills, shipped elsewhere or buried on farms. Farmers pay upwards of hundreds of dollars an acre for disposal in landfills, an increasingly unsustainable alternative. Clearly a better solution was needed.

Recycling programs such as those offered by Toro Micro-Irrigation and Delta Plastics have been positively impacting the environment by collecting and recycling used irrigation plastics and tubing. Continue reading

Toro, Husker Harvest Days 2017 – Special Subsurface Drip Irrigation Events, Demos, Giveaways Planned

Join us in Grand Island, Nebraska in booth #436 for the complete Toro Husker Harvest Days 2017 experience!  Toro will be offering a variety of ways for growers to learn about subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) and how it can help them maintain or increase yields using less water, even during a drought.

We’ve got quite a line up planned for this year’s show.  Visitors will have the chance to hear first-hand from irrigation industry veterans during one of our expert-led events throughout the show. All events are free and happening with Toro, Husker Harvest Days 2017. Continue reading

Toro Releases AquaFlow App for Tablets for On-The-Go Field Designs

Toro is pleased to announce the release of a tablet app for its popular drip irrigation design software, AquaFlow™, available for both Apple and Android tablet devices. The AquaFlow app is an innovative solution that greatly simplifies the drip irrigation design process and improves accessibility to otherwise complicated drip irrigation design information.

“The all-new AquaFlow app for tablets creates a more powerful and convenient user experience, as it’s fully integrated across all software platforms – from tablet to desktop,” says Inge Bisconer, technical marketing and sales manager for Toro.  “Users can now seamlessly access designs created on-the-go in the field, including lateral, submain and flushing information, with their desktop devices later.” Continue reading

Drip Irrigation Benefits Crops, Water and Habitat for California Farmer

During times of water scarcity, like California’s recent drought, it’s tempting to take on a binary view of the world.  This was definitely the case with agriculture, which appeared to be at odds with everyone: farms vs. fish, farm vs. cities, farms vs. regulators.  As a dominant water user in the state, they were easy targets.

But when one digs deeper, it’s obvious that many in the agricultural community want to move beyond this debate and do things differently. Yes growing food and fiber takes water, but there are plenty of farmers laser-focused on improving irrigation efficiency, maximizing multi-benefit solutions and striking a balance between growing crops and preserving the environment. Continue reading

Toro’s Award Winning Drip Irrigation Recycling Service Expands; Double your Recycling Dollars during Toro’s Drip Tape Promo

Toro Kicks Off expanded Drip Irrigation Recycling Service in central California Coast region with special Free Pallet Offer

Toro is pleased to announce that, effectively immediately, its award winning drip irrigation recycling service will now offer expanded service capabilities in the central California coast region. The service is a result of Toro’s ongoing commitment to help farmers maximize production with efficient, sustainable drip irrigation practices, including the recycling of spent drip irrigation tapes and driplines. The service is offered in partnership with Revolution Plastics, a national leader in agricultural plastic recycling with operations in Arkansas, Wisconsin and Texas, and now a new facility in California. Continue reading

New Episode of The Water Zone Ag Podcast: Ag Irrigation in Post-Drought California

This Thursday, June 1st, at 6p.m. PST on The Water Zone Radio Show, tune in for an extra special Ag episode hosted by ag irrigation veterans, Inge Bisconer and Paul McFadden.

On this week’s episode of The Water Zone Ag, Inge and Paul host Secretary Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. They’ll explore water-use in post-drought California, and what ag irrigation in California looks like going forward. Continue reading

The Water Zone Ag Podcast Now on iTunes; and tune in for a New Episode on Improving Agriculture Irrigation Performance

Now you can listen and subscribe to The Water Zone Ag Podcast on iTunes! On the next episode, how government and industry are promoting–and incentivizing–improvements to on-farm, ag irrigation system performance.

This week’s Water Zone Ag show will feature Dan Johnson, State Water Management Engineer with the USDA/NRCS and Jim Anshutz, Founder of AG/H20, to discuss the surprising ways that government and industry are promoting–and incentivizing–improvements to on-farm, ag irrigation system performance. Continue reading