Irrigation season would be much easier for some growers if they didn't have to deal with wheel ruts. Valley Irrigation already offers one solution — its V-3 Drive, which puts three wheels at the base beam to provide more traction and flotation. Some situations, however, call for more assistance, and Valley Irrigation is introducing the Spider Dual Drive.

Field tests show a 30 percent to 50 percent wheel rut reduction with the use of the Spider Dual Drive from Valley. “This product provides a solution where other options have not proven acceptable. It's the highest flotation and traction option available,” said Jim Mikula, product manager. “The Spider Dual Drive minimizes rut depth in the field and can be added to any span of a pivot, wherever the grower finds the most challenging soil conditions.”

The Spider Dual Drive has a heavy duty base beam which can be installed on new pivots during erection or can be changed out as a conversion option on an existing pivot.

Some growers have opted to initially install the base beam only on new machines to allow them to more easily add a Spider Dual Drive track package later, once they've operated the pivot and have seen where the conditions are the worst.

For additional information about the Spider Dual Drive, growers can contact their local Valley dealers, call Valmont Irrigation at 1-800-825-6668 or visit Valmont on the Internet at www.valmont.com/irrigation.