After several years of intense and dedicated development, Toro is pleased to announce Aqua-Traxx FC (Flow Control) drip tape. This exciting new product creates an entirely new category within the drip irrigation marketplace. In the past, growers had to choose between uniformity and control over flow rates. Now, Aqua-Traxx FC provides growers with improved uniformity compared to turbulent-flow devices, and superior ability to control overall system flow rate compared to pressure-compensating devices. With Aqua-Traxx FC, growers get the best of both worlds.

This is made possible through the design of the Flow Control emitter, and leverages Toro's experience in manufacturing its Proportionally Balanced Cross-Section (PBX) emitter. "This innovative new product gives growers a level of control they have not experienced in the past," says Eduardo Mendías, senior product manager for Toro's Micro-Irrigation Business. "We are excited to give growers a new tool to help them achieve their objectives: increasing yield and quality, while at the same time using water, fertilizers and other resources in the most efficient manner possible."

The new Flow Control category is a better choice compared to both standard turbulent-flow products and traditional pressure-compensating products.

Advantages of PBX Flow Control Emitter vs. Turbulent-Flow Emitters:

  • Improved irrigation uniformity results in better system performance
  • Increased planting and harvest efficiency by farming longer lengths of run without unnecessary submains
  • Ability to farm on hilly terrain without sacrificing uniformity or flexibility

Advantages of PBX Flow Control Emitter vs. Pressure-Compensating Emitters:

  • Growers retain flexibility to increase or decrease water flow rate, which provides greater control over watering decisions
  • Available in a wide range of thicknesses (6 mil through 15 mil) to meet the needs of all farming applications
  • Emitter spacing options starting at 6 inches without higher prices for close emitter spacing, since drip tape is sold by the foot, not the emitter