Total Eden’s desire to be leaders in irrigation technology is what attracted Josh Noonan to join Shepparton team.
As Valley Specialists, Total Eden strives to be at the forefront of the latest technology and it was the business’s willingness to pursue the very best on the market that gave the automation and electrical technician the confidence that this was a company he needed to be a part of.
“I’ve been in the industry for around nine years and the biggest change I’ve seen has been to do with the new technology coming through,” says Josh, who joined Total Eden in December.
“I love that we are progressive in our field and that we want to be the very best at what we do.
“Here at Total Eden they don’t sit and wait for something to happen but are actively out there pursuing opportunities. We always want to see what’s in front of us.”
Josh grew up on a dairy farm in the Cobram area, working alongside his family.
He has lived the issues faced by many of Total Eden’s customers and understands the frustrations and fears that can arise in the agricultural industry.
“I love the technology and where it is taking us in the future,” says Josh.
“The reliability is getting better and better and we are moving away from traditional practices and making irrigation easier so people can have greater control over their water use.
“Initially part of my role will be working on the Pipes and Risers automation and finding ways to improve the system. What we are trying to do is to make life easier for the customers and ensuring the system is reliable is an important part of that.”
One of Josh’s strengths is he truly understands the Valley brand.
He spent two years as a service manager with Valley’s parent company Valmont, providing technical support all over Australia and New Zealand.
“It’s a brand I’ve grown to trust because year by year I have seen its reliability out in the field and it just gets better and better.
“Valley is a market leader when you look at their mechanical irrigation and what it can do.
“They are very thorough and have all their homework done so the product is trusted before it hits the field.”
One of the exciting changes automation has brought to the industry, says Josh, is its ability to change the way the customer now things an operates.
Variable Rate Irrigation (VRI) is a good example as it enables people to control the application rate across the field instead of applying a flat rate to the whole paddock.
Having the ability to put the water where you need it most saves the farmer in the long term.
Remote control technology, such as Basestation 3 and AgSense, has revolutionised the industry, says Josh, enabling people to control their irrigation from anywhere in the world.
He also loves how GPS technology has been pivotal in improving irrigation capabilities, enabling greater precision through variable irrigation rates, and slashing labour required out in the paddocks.
“Technology is taking us away from old practices and making life easier,” says Josh.
“It’s really important for our future because it enables us to make more efficient use of our valuable water resources.”
To talk to Josh about how technology can save you time, water and money call
Total Eden Shepparton on 03 58 222 600.