Susan Rathbun retires from Cal-West Rain

Celebrating Susan Rathbun’s Many Contributions

Marketing Company News

After more than 30 years of dedicated service, Cal-West Rain is honored to announce the retirement of Susan Rathbun, effective December 31, 2020. Susan joined the company months after its founding in 1989 and worked behind the scenes supporting the Cal-West Rain sales team by providing irrigation system designs, project materials lists, project scheduling, and more to “keep the wheels …

Open Position: Pump Test and Well Video Operator

Open Position: Pump Test and Well Video Operator

Marketing Open Position

Cal-West Rain is accepting applications for the following position.  To apply, complete and submit our online job application form. Job Title: Pump Test and Well Video Operator Location: Kerman, CA Hours: Weekdays, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays during peak season Department: Operations Supervisor: Pump Dept Supervisor Position Purpose: Responsible for pump tests, well videos and developing wells Essential …

Incentive Money For Irrigation Pump Automation

PG&E Incentive Money For Pump Automation

Marketing Automation, Pumps

Growers and irrigation districts are in various stages of adopting automation for their pumps to reap the benefits of greater precision, reduced labor requirements and monitoring to improve operations and comply with regulations, like SGMA. At the same time, California’s electrical grid sees the timing of energy usage–both on a regular basis and during grid emergencies like we saw this …

Irrigation Innovation: Netafim’s Uniram® XRS Subsurface Drip Line

Irrigation Innovation: Netafim’s Uniram® XRS Subsurface Drip Line

Marketing Irrigation

If you’re considering subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) to maximize your yield potential, you should definitely consider Netafim’s Uniram® XRS Subsurface Drip Line. Since 1989, Cal-West Rain has served growers across California’s Central Valley and recommended innovative products like Uniram® XRS because they provide meaningful value and benefits to growers. Setting the Standard for Permanent Crops An almond or pistachio orchard …

Cal-West Rain to acquire certain assets of Water-Ways

Cal-West Rain to Acquire Certain Assets of Water-Ways

Marketing Company News

Cal-West Rain Inc. has announced an agreement in principle to acquire certain assets of Water-Ways Irrigation Engineers Inc. based in Bakersfield, CA. Founded in 1950 by Victor Tkac, Water-Ways has served growers across the Southern San Joaquin Valley for over 70 years. “We are thrilled with our agreement with Heather Tkac to acquire certain Water-Ways assets while supporting their customers …

Water well rehabilitation services

Understanding Water Well Rehabilitation

Marketing Well Services

As water wells age, the rate at which water may be pumped (commonly referred to as the well yield, flow, or performance) tends to decrease, especially in wells that were not properly developed when first drilled. This article briefly describes common well problems and discusses rehabilitation measures. Water Well Maintenance Water wells require regular maintenance to ensure adequate water flow …

Benefits of water well development

What is Water Well Development?

Marketing Irrigation

With over 50 years experience, we get asked a lot of questions about well development and why it’s a good idea for most new water wells. Proper well design and good well development go hand-in-hand and should result in lower pumping costs, longer pump life, and fewer biological problems such as iron-bacteria and slime build-up.  Conversely, poorly designed and underdeveloped …

Troubleshooting vertical turbine pumps in agriculture

Troubleshooting Vertical Turbine Pumps

Marketing Pumps

As a part of our ongoing commitment to providing informative irrigation related resources for growers, ranchers, and ranch/farm managers, we have compiled a summary of vertical turbine pump troubleshooting instructions for pumps commonly used in ag irrigation systems across California.  This article is based on material published by Peerless Pump, a leading supplier of vertical turbine pumps. Although this is …

Cutting costs with irrigation monitoring and controls

Cutting Irrigation Costs with Monitoring and Controls

Marketing Automation

Irrigation Automation Case Study Problem: Like most growers in California’s San Joaquin Valley, the need to improve irrigation efficiency and reduce costs is a never-ending process.  This tomato grower worked with Cal-West Rain to improve irrigation efficiency and reduce costs (labor, pumping, and water) via WiseConn’s hardware and irrigation management software (DropControl). Location: Five Points, CA Acres: 454 Crop: Tomatoes …

Irrigation automation brings efficiency and lower costs

Irrigation Automation Brings Lower Costs and Greater Efficiency

Marketing Automation

Irrigation Automation Case Study Problem: Without access to a local water district, this grower constantly faces serious water shortages. All water must be pumped from a series of deep wells and stored in a sequence of ten reservoirs. Due to this shortage of water, they need to be able to move their water around much more quickly to cover more …