An A to Z Guide to Ag Flow Meters

An A to Z Guide to Ag Flow Meters

Marketing Irrigation

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

Marketing Irrigation

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

Marketing Case Studies

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

Marketing Pumps

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 …

Installation and Care of Centrifugal Pumps for Agriculture

Installation and Care of Centrifugal Pumps for Agriculture

Marketing Pumps

If you’re farming or ranching in California, you’re likely using Cornell centrifugal pumps or something similar to pressurize irrigation systems and move water. Cornell began manufacturing pumps for agriculture when the company launched in 1946. Since that time, Cornell engineers have continued to make improvements in pump design and function. Today, Cornell’s pumps are known around the world as the …

Reviving your irrigation automation system

Reviving Your Irrigation Automation System

Marketing Automation

Although most growers are satisfied with the operation and capabilities of their irrigation automation system, many question the value of the investment. If you’re frustrated or questioning the value of your irrigation automation system, this article is for you. We’ll attempt to review the most common reasons why irrigation automation projects falter and steps you can take to get things …

Flow-Guard media filter maintenance and troubleshooting

Sand Media Filter Maintenance & Troubleshooting

Marketing Service & Repair

We frequently get questions about sand media filter maintenance and troubleshooting. This article is intended to help owners and irrigators understand the basics of Flow-Guard Sand Media Filters. As always, if you need assistance please contact the nearest Cal-West Rain branch for filter troubleshooting and maintenance assistance. Our field technicians have years of experience with Flow-Guard filters and they’re available …

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 …