Tracker Mobile from Valley Irrigation will be recognized as a Top 10 New Product during World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif. The innovative new technology will be showcased Feb. 10-12 in the World Ag Expo New Products Center.

"World Ag Expo is the place for the newest and most innovative agriculture technology," said Paul Simon, chairman of the 2009 World Ag Expo event. "We are proud to have the opportunity to award these fine new products and applaud the companies for their forward thinking and innovation."

Meantime, the Valley line of GPS Ready control panels was recognized as a Top 10 New Product Honorable Mention. World Ag Expo attendees can learn more about both products in the New Products Center or by visiting Valley at booth NS20.

"Valley Irrigation is honored to have products recognized like this at World Ag Expo," said Scott Mauseth, Valley Irrigation Equipment Product Application Manager. "We think it helps reinforce the dedication of Valley to helping producers manage both labor and cost efficiencies."

The new Valley Tracker Mobile allows producers to remotely check the status of center pivot and linear irrigation equipment and control their operations with a Web-enabled Smartphone that has a Windows mobile browser and access to the Internet. For a demonstration of the product, go to: http://m.valleytracker.com.

"Growers became accustomed to conducting early morning pivot checks to make sure equipment was operating correctly during dry periods, which led to increased fuel costs from additional trips to the field and more labor during the summer months," Mauseth said. "With Tracker Mobile, producers can monitor and control irrigation equipment at their convenience. They don't need to drive through rough fields at 2 a.m. for a pivot check or to stop irrigation during a rain storm."

Mauseth further explained that unlike competitive products for cell phones that show only text-based information and text messages, Tracker Mobile has a color graphic interface that depicts the current status of each machine. Using the Smartphone, producers can view different status reports, check for malfunctions and send commands to operate the irrigation machine at the press of a finger.

Tracker Mobile is included with each new Valley Tracker2 or TrackerSP. Valley Tracker products are compatible with all Valley control panels and most non-Valley control panels.

Tracker Mobile and GPS Ready control panels are available through Valley dealers. To locate a dealer, producers can visit www.ValleyIrrigation.com.