Recycling Irrigation Plastics keeps it out of Landfills

For decades, irrigation has helped farmers produce higher yields of better quality using fewer resources. But at the end of its lifecycle, many irrigation plastics need to be recycled. Until recently, most recycled drip tapes, polytube and driplines were placed in landfills, shipped elsewhere or buried on farms. Farmers pay upwards of hundreds of dollars an acre for disposal in landfills, an increasingly unsustainable alternative. Clearly a better solution was needed.

Recycling programs such as those offered by Toro Micro-Irrigation and Delta Plastics have been positively impacting the environment by collecting and recycling used irrigation plastics and tubing. Continue reading

Toro, Husker Harvest Days 2017 – Special Subsurface Drip Irrigation Events, Demos, Giveaways Planned

Join us in Grand Island, Nebraska in booth #436 for the complete Toro Husker Harvest Days 2017 experience!  Toro will be offering a variety of ways for growers to learn about subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) and how it can help them maintain or increase yields using less water, even during a drought.

We’ve got quite a line up planned for this year’s show.  Visitors will have the chance to hear first-hand from irrigation industry veterans during one of our expert-led events throughout the show. All events are free and happening with Toro, Husker Harvest Days 2017. Continue reading

Toro Releases AquaFlow App for Tablets for On-The-Go Field Designs

Toro is pleased to announce the release of a tablet app for its popular drip irrigation design software, AquaFlow™, available for both Apple and Android tablet devices. The AquaFlow app is an innovative solution that greatly simplifies the drip irrigation design process and improves accessibility to otherwise complicated drip irrigation design information.

“The all-new AquaFlow app for tablets creates a more powerful and convenient user experience, as it’s fully integrated across all software platforms – from tablet to desktop,” says Inge Bisconer, technical marketing and sales manager for Toro.  “Users can now seamlessly access designs created on-the-go in the field, including lateral, submain and flushing information, with their desktop devices later.” Continue reading

Drip Irrigation Benefits Crops, Water and Habitat for California Farmer

During times of water scarcity, like California’s recent drought, it’s tempting to take on a binary view of the world.  This was definitely the case with agriculture, which appeared to be at odds with everyone: farms vs. fish, farm vs. cities, farms vs. regulators.  As a dominant water user in the state, they were easy targets.

But when one digs deeper, it’s obvious that many in the agricultural community want to move beyond this debate and do things differently. Yes growing food and fiber takes water, but there are plenty of farmers laser-focused on improving irrigation efficiency, maximizing multi-benefit solutions and striking a balance between growing crops and preserving the environment. Continue reading

Toro’s Award Winning Drip Irrigation Recycling Service Expands; Double your Recycling Dollars during Toro’s Drip Tape Promo

Toro Kicks Off expanded Drip Irrigation Recycling Service in central California Coast region with special Free Pallet Offer

Toro is pleased to announce that, effectively immediately, its award winning drip irrigation recycling service will now offer expanded service capabilities in the central California coast region. The service is a result of Toro’s ongoing commitment to help farmers maximize production with efficient, sustainable drip irrigation practices, including the recycling of spent drip irrigation tapes and driplines. The service is offered in partnership with Revolution Plastics, a national leader in agricultural plastic recycling with operations in Arkansas, Wisconsin and Texas, and now a new facility in California. Continue reading

New Episode of The Water Zone Ag Podcast: Ag Irrigation in Post-Drought California

This Thursday, June 1st, at 6p.m. PST on The Water Zone Radio Show, tune in for an extra special Ag episode hosted by ag irrigation veterans, Inge Bisconer and Paul McFadden.

On this week’s episode of The Water Zone Ag, Inge and Paul host Secretary Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. They’ll explore water-use in post-drought California, and what ag irrigation in California looks like going forward. Continue reading

The Water Zone Ag Podcast Now on iTunes; and tune in for a New Episode on Improving Agriculture Irrigation Performance

Now you can listen and subscribe to The Water Zone Ag Podcast on iTunes! On the next episode, how government and industry are promoting–and incentivizing–improvements to on-farm, ag irrigation system performance.

This week’s Water Zone Ag show will feature Dan Johnson, State Water Management Engineer with the USDA/NRCS and Jim Anshutz, Founder of AG/H20, to discuss the surprising ways that government and industry are promoting–and incentivizing–improvements to on-farm, ag irrigation system performance. Continue reading

Irrigation Efficiency: Best Practices to Keep in Mind for Drip Irrigation, Tree Fruit Growers

Irrigation efficiency is all about irrigating at the right time and the right place.

The majority of requests to a plant doctor – 80 per cent — are water-related. Not insects or disease but water! One of California’s foremost experts on irrigation efficiency shared this statistic with tender fruit growers at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention. Continue reading

Growers Talk Success with FlowControl Drip Irrigation

FlowControl drip irrigation is taking the ag irrigation industry by storm, creating an entirely new class of tapes. It is the only tape on the market that is a true flow-moderating drip tape.

Up until now, growers accepted the worries and woes of farming uneven terrain. Growers were forced to either accept the poor uniformity and lower yields, avoid the uneven areas altogether, or buy costly pressure-compensating driplines that limit growers’ control over the system application rates. But not anymore!

Toro FlowControl drip tape gives you the best features of a pressure compensating tape, and standard tape: More uniform irrigation for any terrain, and the flexibility to control the overall system flow rate. With FlowControl drip irrigation, you truly get the best of both worlds. Continue reading

Tulare World Ag Expo showcases 50 Year Evolution of Irrigation

Amidst one of the worst droughts in California’s history water remains at the forefront of agricultural issues, and as the World Ag Expo in Tulare celebrates 50 years one can see how irrigation techniques have changed throughout the world and state.

“50 years ago we were flood irrigating you know, gravity siphon pipe irrigating,” said Inge Bisconer, Toro Micro Irrigation. Continue reading

See You at World Ag Expo 2017!

The 2017 World Ag Expo is only a few days away and we can’t wait to see you there! February 14-16 Toro Micro-Irrigation will be exhibiting the World Ag Expo in Tulare, California.

If you are attending the show, be sure to stop by the Toro booth to check out our newest products and discover the right drip irrigation solution for you, including FlowControl Drip Tape, Evolution AG Controller for Irrigation and Fertigation, Toro’s AWARD-WINNING Recycling Service, and more. Continue reading

Toro Launches Evolution AG Controller for Irrigation and Fertigation

Toro is pleased to announce the release of the Evolution AG controller for irrigation and fertigation.

Built on the award-winning Evolution platform, the Evolution® AG controller is a simple, intuitive and economical ag controller that gives agricultural and horticultural growers the features they need to best manage water usage and other inputs.

The Evolution AG was developed to fit the everyday needs of growers, and features programming designed specifically for agricultural and horticultural applications. This includes the ability for the grower to control the opening and closing of irrigation and fertigation valves reliably at any determined schedule. Simple to program, the Evolution AG can be set to water, mist or both in seconds, minutes or hours. Continue reading