Valmont and Prospera Technologies Announce Roadmap to Autonomous CropManagement Technology Through Global Partnership

Valmont and Prospera Technologies Announce Roadmap to Autonomous CropManagement Technology Through Global Partnership

February 20, 2019

Omaha, NE, Tel-Aviv, Israel and San Jose, CA: Valmont® Industries,Inc. (NYSE: VMI), a leading global provider of engineered products and services for infrastructure and irrigation equipment for agriculture and the parent company of Valley® Irrigation, and Prospera Technologies Inc., a leading Israeli machine vision and artificial intelligence (AI) company specializing in ag data, are pleased to announce their global partnership. The collaboration sets the course to provide growers with autonomous crop management solutions generating greater returns, while requiring fewer production inputs and resources.

 

“Valley Irrigation is transforming the center pivot from solely an irrigation machine to an autonomous crop management tool,” ValmontPresident and Chief Executive Officer Stephen G. Kaniewski commented. “Water remains our focus, as it is the number one determinant of crop yield. Growers who use pivots have a natural advantage to use them as often as needed, given their constant placement on the field. We can equip the structure to see what a grower may not be able to detect, arming them with critical information that delivers more crop precision, saving time, lowering costs and increasing yield.”

 

This exclusive global partnership is significant because it integrates artificial intelligence technologies with center pivot irrigation.Valley Irrigation leads the industry with more than 60,000 connected devices globally and carries distribution strength through the industry’s largest network of more than 500 dealers worldwide. The intelligence shared between these connected devices and the pivot, along with the integration of data science, machine-learning and AI, enables the two companies to develop real-time crop diagnoses and irrigation recommendations, resulting in greater returns for the grower.

 

Prospera, founded in2014, is a leading force in ag tech, committed to bringing advanced machine learning (ML) technology to the agriculture sector. Backed by strategic investors including Cisco, Qualcomm and Bessemer, Prospera has developed proven analytics, algorithms and data layering to provide growers with irrigation and crop growth recommendations. Prospera currently monitors over $5 billion of greenhouse production. The partnership between the two companies will build on Prospera’s unique technology, expanding application to large-scale fields.

 

Autonomous crop management will result in a self-learning machine, using inputs from the field and the grower to deliver proper water, fertigation and chemigation. Launching in the spring of 2019, Anomaly Detection is a fundamental building block for growers entering into AI functionality. Providing visual detection of anomalies or issues, this technology provides essential features to mitigate risks in the field, assisting the grower with their irrigation and crop management practices.It will be available from Valley for all brands of pivots through a subscription-based model.

 

Kaniewski said launching specific technology products to the market and product adoption are two critical steps on the journey toward autonomous crop management. The joint machine-learning technology is targeted to reach one million acres by 2020. To develop the technology, the two companies collectively plan to invest more than$40 million over the next three years.  

“Like Valley, Prospera is committed to giving growers moredata-based, actionable insights from the machines that span every inch of theirfields, while reducing potential risks that can harm crop production,” saidProspera Chief Executive Officer Daniel Koppel. “We areexcited to partner with Valley Irrigation, the industry leader trusted by growers,and their global network of dealers, working together to feed an expandingpopulation.”

Agricultural professionals can find out more about theValmont/Prospera partnership and resulting technology at World AgriTech in SanFrancisco, March 19-20, 2019.

About Valley Irrigation

Valley Irrigation founded the center pivot irrigation industry in 1954, and our brand is the worldwide leader in sales, service, quality and innovation. With historical sales of more than 250,000 center pivots and linears, Valmont-built equipment annually irrigates approximately 25 million acres (10 million hectares) around the world. We remain dedicated to providing innovative, precision irrigation solutions now and into the future. For more information, please visit www.valley-prospera.com

 

About Prospera

Prospera Technologies, Inc. isa developer of machine vision technologies that continuously monitor and analyze plant development, health and stress. Prospera captures multiple layers of climate and visual data from the crop field and provides actionable, easy-to-read insights to growers via mobile and web dashboards. Its team of world-class computer scientists, physicists and agronomists work with experienced agri-business leaders to meet growers where they are and revolutionize the way food is grown. For more information, please visit www.valley-prospera.com

 

About Valmont Industries Inc.

Valmont is a global leader, designing and manufacturing highly engineered products that support global infrastructure development and agricultural productivity. Its irrigation equipment and services for large-scale agriculture improves farm productivity while conserving fresh water resources. Its products for infrastructure serve highway, transportation, wireless communication, electric transmission, and industrial construction and energy markets. In addition, Valmont provides coatings services that protect against corrosion and improve the service lives of steel and other metal products. For more information, please visit www.valmont.com


Valley GPS guided corner

Valley’s GPS guided corner option is an excellent alternative to buried wire. Great option for rented land, areas with gophers, fields with drainage tile, fields that are not totally cleared and the corner path will be altered, and areas with high pressure gas lines. If the corner loses satellites, it will shut down the corner to prevent a crash and automatically restart when it regains satellite lock. Very flexible mapping that allows quick route adjustments.  an antenna mounted on both the corner and pivot provide RTK correction without 3rd party annual subscriptions.  Unlock the power of the satellite constellations to control your corner. It can be easily installed on any Valley corner regardless of age.  The only requirement is the corner can not have chain steering.  It must have a gearbox, as pictured below.


Upgrade your sprinkler package to maximize yields.

Upgrade your sprinkler package to maximize yields.  A lot of guys overlook the most important part of an irrigator, the sprinklers!  Any one can squirt water, but can you uniformly apply it, increase yields, and decrease pumping costs?  The single biggest improvement you can do to your machine is upgrade the sprinklers.  If your current package is more than 10 years old or what was on the machine when it moved, now might be a great time to upgrade.  Your well will be flow checked and then a package custom designed for your field will be created.  Changes in elevation, crop, pressure, soil type and type of machine will all factor into the final package.

Click the brochure below for more information.


Nelson R55i end of machine sprinkler

Looking to water additional acres that you already own?  Add a Nelson R55i (i=Inverted) to the end of your machine.  When your end gun shuts off the R55i will continue water the crops beyond your machine (35-45′ depending on pressure).  Eliminate dry wedges and increase yields.  Enjoy a very quick and easy return on a couple hundred dollar investment.  The inverted model simply threads into your 2″ plug on the end of your machine.  It can also be controlled with an valve if running up near a road or obstacle.  Operates on 15-40 PSI only.


Valley Precision Corner Time Lapse Video

A Valley precision corner watering from the summer of 2016.  This clearly shows how smooth the corner VFD drives allow the machine to water.  If you look close you can see the inner towers starting and stopping while the last tower and corner move constantly.  This machine has the patented Valley water utilization package installed.  This adds 22 more sprinklers for maximum water uniformity as the corner extends and retracts.


Senninger Wobbler Low Pressure Sprinkler

Senninger 10PSI Up3 Xcel Wobbler sprinkler is now available.  This sprinkler has the ability to create a huge 45-50′ wetted diameter on only 10PSI of pipeline pressure.  If you have windy conditions, the larger droplet size produced by this sprinkler will be less affected.  When your machine needs to be super low pressure, this is definitely a sprinkler you want to consider.  They also work great for a gardens or deer food plots.

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AGSENSE- Remote Managed Irrigation Control

North Central Irrigation is an authorized AGSENSE dealer and can help your control your pivots remotely regardless of brand or panel.  Bring older machines into the 21st century with an easily to install and operate FIELD COMMANDER.  Reduce your trips to the field, receive alerts and alarms on your smart device, and know what is happening with your equipment. Using a free app, your smart device, and a FIELD COMMANDER your operation will run smoother and be more profitable.  AGSENSE has more remote managed irrigation center pivots than all other brands combined!

For more information or a free quote call us today.  (715)-335-6368


*New* Nelson 3030 Rotating Sprinkler

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Nelson has released the new 3030 sprinkler.  This new design allows customer’s the ability to flush nozzles while still on the machine (dirty water applications), to shut off certain sprinklers, or install both above the pipe sprinklers and drop sprinkler combinations.  Perfect for watering both corn (Above pipe) and potatoes (Below the pipe) as crops rotate year to year.  The top sprinkler’s nozzle would be set to on, and the lower sprinkler set to off or vice versa.


Valley Precision Corner gets it done

Valley Irrigation growing a bumper crop of delicious Wisconsin Super Sweet Corn summer of 2016.  It is easy to see the difference where the irrigator reaches and on the edge of the field where it does not.


Water Hook-up Season

Been busy hooking up machines to the underground pipelines.  We are using the Nelson air reliefs to completely fill the pivot with water and prevent air squirting out of the sprinklers instead of water.  These also help to keep the underground pipe full, maximizing your pump’s power usage, and optimizing your sprinkler package.  They act continuously, not just on start up like the aluminum ones.


Upgrade to Valley Pump Connects

Kick your old pump control radios to the curb, and upgrade to Valley Pump Connects.  With a 3 mile range, these radios can be used for more than just pivots.  Custom manure haulers love them for remote pump ON-OFF capabilities as well as people operating electric grain augers.  You can use Pump Controls to turn anything on and off remotely as long as there is 120volt or 12VDC present.

Click the picture below to learn more, and get started.