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Valley ICONX Makes Pivot Conversion Less Complicated
Valley Irrigation introduced Valley ICONX as part of the Valley ICON® series of smart control panels to combat the challenge of multiple control technologies on today’s farms. Valley ICONX brings any control panel into the AgSense® or BaseStation3TM network. By using the panel’s circuits, the ICONX takes control of the existing pivot panel to connect any brand of pivot into one network.

California Added to States Approving Chemigation Applications of Rhyme™ Fungicide From FMC
Rhyme fungicide from FMC, registered for a wide range of specialty crops throughout the U.S., received approval from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation for chemigation application in strawberries, tomatoes, cucurbits, fruiting vegetables with other crops to follow. Chemigation use instructions allow Rhyme fungicide to be applied through drip or sprinkler irrigation systems including center pivot, lateral move, end tow, side (wheel) roll, traveler, big gun, solid set, micro-sprinkler or hand move systems. Chemigation use instructions are now on file everywhere Rhyme fungicide is registered.

USDA Announces $21.8 Million in Funding for to Combat Citrus Disease
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $21.8 million in available funding to combat and manage citrus greening disease, also known as Huanglongbing (HLB), which has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program (CDRE), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.