New Products

Deere Offers Hurricane Support
Deere & Company made a $1 million cash donation to support Habitat Hammers Back, a long-term recovery initiative organized by Habitat for Humanity International to help repair and rebuild communities ravaged by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

The $1 million commitment to Habitat Hammers Back is another step in the response by Deere and its Foundation to the hurricane disasters, including:

  • An annual $500,000 contribution by the John Deere Foundation to the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program that helps the Red Cross pre-position supplies, secure shelters, maintain vehicles and train volunteers, so response can begin immediately.
  • Personal employee contributions of more than $100,000 to the Red Cross, local food banks and other aid organizations – a total matched by the John Deere Foundation.
  • Deployment of heavy equipment by John Deere’s business divisions and dealers to help in the recovery efforts.

Habitat’s three-phase disaster response focuses on immediate relief, community stabilization and long-term recovery. The organization is in its immediate response phase – including damage assessments and clean-up – in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean. Deere will encourage and organize individuals and teams of employees to support the recovery efforts through the company’s employee volunteer program.

Valley Run Time App
With the launch of the new Valley Irrigation Run Time app, growers can now easily calculate their pivot irrigation cycle time and eliminate the need for hand-written calculations.

This free app is compatible with both iOS and Android devices. It is a calculation-driven tool that allows growers to see pivot irrigation cycle time completion, when each machine is running, and how long it will take to complete the irrigation interval. Valley Irrigation Run Time is not limited to use with Valley brand center pivots; it can be used in conjunction with any brand of pivot.

“This app will reduce inefficiencies and eliminate miscalculations,” explains Valley product manager Ashley Anderson.

“Nearly every grower already carries a smartphone, so it just makes sense that they can use it to monitor and track all of their irrigation machines.”

The app does not communicate with the irrigation machines themselves; rather, the grower simply enters pertinent data, such as start time and percent timer, and the Valley Irrigation Run Time app will complete the calculation to estimate the end time. Growers can check on their run time anytime, ensuring they get back to their pivots at the right time. They can also keep a running log of pivot run time notes to refer back to time and time again. Not everyone wants complete monitoring and control of their pivots from their phones, but they do want the ability to accurately track irrigation run time.

For more information on the app and other Valley products, visit www.valleyirrigation.com.

Reinke’s New Remote Management
Reinke introduces RC10, a remote monitoring device providing advanced control options for improved irrigation management and better overall water management.

“When we talk with growers about their irrigation system needs, saving time and increasing efficiencies and productivity are often at the top of the list,” said Reinke President Chris Roth. “RC10 is designed to address these needs and more with its ease of use and advanced command and control capabilities.”

RC10 is cellular or satellite based, providing 24/7 mobile access from anywhere. Growers can monitor and control their irrigation system using the advanced control features such as sector, end gun and auxiliary programming.

The device is the latest addition to the ReinCloud platform, Reinke’s ag data service. ReinCloud allows growers to manage and monitor their irrigation system, analyze soil moisture data, check the weather and more from a single mobile web application. Through the platform, irrigation system data is collected, stored and analyzed for the grower.

RC10 is housed within Reinke’s patented, double wall tower box and can be mounted at the main control or end of the system. The device is compatible with most irrigation systems.

For more information on RC10, visit www.reinke.com.