A growers guide to VFD terminology

A Grower’s Guide to VFD Terminology

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Understanding VFD terminology helps users to ensure proper application in the field. This article and the attached PDF file details 50 of the most important VFD terms that VFD users should understand to more effectively specify and maintain their drives. What is a variable frequency drive and how are they used in agriculture? VFDs are used to regulate the speed …

NRCS programs fund irrigation system upgrades

Using NRCS Programs to Modernize Your Irrigation System

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This case study provides a real-world example of how a grower in Reedley, CA (Fresno County), worked with the local NRCS office and Cal-West to design and install a new irrigation system to meet their conservation goals. Additionally, the grower applied for and received financial assistance from NRCS to support the design and installation of their conservation plan. Key Takeaways: …

Netafim's Steamline X dripline with onions

Netafim Revolutionizes Thin Wall Dripline with Streamline™ X

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Thin wall driplines are defined as driplines with a wall thickness of 0.4 mm or less. These driplines are specifically designed to be used for one to three seasons on vegetables and certain field cash crops. It is also ideally suited for temporary installation for strip wetting for germination. If the attributes of advanced heavy wall driplines aimed at multi-seasonal …

pH Control in Agriculture with ECO2MIX carbonic acid process

pH Control in Agriculture without Sulfuric Acid

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For most growers, the quest for improved yields, soil quality, and water quality is a never-ending process. With our ongoing commitment to sharing information, this article features ECO2MIX and explores a proven alternative for pH control using dissolved carbon dioxide gas. Let’s dive in and learn more. Key Takeaways: Controlling irrigation water pH can bring a variety of benefits to …

Jim Martin and family 2021

Cal-West Rain Co-Founder, Jim Martin, Dies at 78

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Jim Martin, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on January 17, 2022. Jim was born May 13, 1943, to Kenneth and Bonnie Martin and was raised in Madera, CA.  He graduated from Madera High School and California State University Fresno. He married his high school sweetheart, Jeannette Alves, in 1963. Jim began his lifelong career in agriculture, working with …

Ag and Energy case incentives for irrigation automation projects

Ag and Energy Cash Incentives for Irrigation Automation Projects

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As of October 19, 2021, CDFA SWEEP is back and will disperse between $43 and $45 million to California agricultural operations investing in irrigation systems that reduce GHG emissions and save water. In addition to SWEEP Grants, Cal-West Rain and Polaris Energy Services are excited to bring you additional opportunities to reduce the cost of irrigation automation projects and earn …

An A to Z Guide to Ag Flow Meters

An A to Z Guide to Ag Flow Meters

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Now that the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) has come into effect in some of California’s most overdrawn basins, maintaining accurate water use data is more important than ever. Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) will be required to cap and regulate groundwater use in each basin, meaning ag professionals will be responsible for monitoring and reporting water use, including the use …

CDFA SWEEP Grants and Proposals

CDFA SWEEP Grants and Applications

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The SWEEP proposal period is open as of today, October 19, 2021. The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) provides financial assistance in the form of grants to implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water on California agricultural operations. Eligible System Components (Among Others) Soil moisture monitoring and automation to improve efficiency and reduce water use …

Ag irrigation automation incentives from PG&E

Using PG&E Irrigation Incentives to Help Deploy Automation Systems

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Faced with ongoing challenges and uncertainty, growers across California continually search for ways to reduce costs (labor, water, energy), increase efficiency, and improve crop quality and yields. When it comes to irrigation automation incentives from the utility (PG&E), Polaris Energy Services and Cal-West Rain frequently work together to deploy custom solutions for ag operations across Central California and the Central …

Protecting VFDs to Avoid Costly Pump Downtime and Repairs

Protecting VFDs to Avoid Costly Pump Downtime and Repairs

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With years of VFD experience, we’ve seen many cases where growers experience costly pump downtime and expensive repairs for not properly protecting their VFD pumps. Conversely, we’ve also seen many cases where downtime and repair costs are avoided through the use of a well-protected VFD panel. With that in mind, this article provides an overview of VFDs and how to …