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Modern, Efficient Irrigation Systems Save Money For Farmers

December 3, 2019


[KENNY]
Georgia farmers depend on the ability to irrigate their crops, and with modern irrigation systems
crops get watered in a timely manner and natural resources are conserved.
[RAY] Yeah, the Monitor’s Mark Wildman visited
one Middle Georgia farm where high tech irrigation saves time and money.
[Montrose, GA – Mark Wildman, Reporting] During the hot dry Georgia summers farmers
depend heavily on their center pivot irrigation systems. Running these systems are very expensive
and they need to operate as efficiently as possible. Here on one of SodMastersGA’s fields
in Montrose Georgia Farm Manager Glynn Solomon uses a system from Reinke Manufacturing.
[Glynn Solomon – Farm Manager, SodmastersGA] Irrigation is probably the only saving grace
we have in the farm community now. Without irrigation it is just really tough to grow
a quality product especially when you start talking turf grass. Turf grass just really
can’t be grown unless you can irrigate. [Wildman]
Modern Irrigation systems use computer technology so the farmer can customize irrigation, which
saves the farm time and money. [Solomon]
Most of these pivots I have got on the farm I can turn them on remotely from my cell phone
now. I can change the direction, stop them at any time, I think one of the favorite things
is the guys when they are out spraying or working they call me and tell me to move the
pivot a little bit so they do not have to get out of the tractor that is air conditioned.
[Wildman] Glynn works close with his local dealer Jaye
Brown to make sure he has the right system and it is operating at peak efficiency.
[Jaye Brown – Chauncey Farm Supply Company] We really push the technology side for farmers
like Mr. Glynn and all here that can really take this to their advantage. It allows them
to focus more on other things that need to be done around the farm and get more done
with the same amount of effort. We really like the technology there is a lot of simple
aspects of it that can save you time and keep you from having to go do a lot of struggling
and all. [Wildman]
Mike Mills is the Southeast Territory Manager for Reinke Manufacturing and he works close
with dealers to help educate them on new technologies that are changing all the time.
[Mike Mills – Southeast Territory Manager, Reinke Manufacturing]
It is amazing to see what’s happening just in the last decade where we have gone from
manual switches and push buttons to touch screen computerized control panels, GPS guidance
on components, as well as remote control remote monitoring operations. We can now monitor
temperature, soil moisture, leaf wetness, humidity, and report that directly to the
grower on anyone of a number of mobile devices and then allow that grower to make real time
changes to their irrigation scheduling and operation with out ever having to come out
to the field. That has just been a tremendous boost for the efficacy of the farmer, the
yield boost, as well as being a better steward of the water and the natural resources.
[Wildman] If a farm has an irrigation system in place
it can be fitted with new technologies. This pivot at Sod Masters is a good example of
that, but the real challenge for Irrigation professional is communication with the famers.
[Mills] You know it’s a slow process but don’t lose
site of the fact that it is here, so it may not be something that every grower is comfortable
with today, everybody has to find their own comfort level, but prepare for it because
it is coming and so if it is not you if it is your next generation at least prepare yourself
when you are making your equipment and product selections.
[Wildman] So as the summer heats up in Middle Georgia
farms like this one in Montrose can utilize high tech tools to not only save time, but
money as well. I’m Mark Wildman for the Georgia Farm Monitor.

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11 Comments

  • Reply Rizwan پاکستانی October 21, 2017 at 5:56 am

    well done

  • Reply Nisar Ahmad Baig December 6, 2017 at 10:11 am

    what is the cost of the irrigation system and how its work

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  • Reply Makhdoom ali April 11, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Good

  • Reply Sarthak Grover March 12, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    Oh the hillbillies

  • Reply Orlando Marquez May 10, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    It is said that you lose 50% of you water due to evaporation …that is a very costly operation. imagine…if a farm uses 2 million gallons per year…the pays 1 million for evaporation…No a very efficient system anyway you put it. I have developed for the past 5 years an under ground watering system that completely illuminates that 50% water lost and make the water work more efficient. It's a system that mother nature has been doing for billions of years on the vegetation and tress we don't water. Call 956-285-4091..

  • Reply Alex Arreguin May 10, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    My underground system was copied from a system that the French invented in 1895. My idea is used for irrigation. The French developed the septic sewer system where waste goes into a container and dirty water fills up the container and the solids drops to the bottom of the barrel. When the water gets to the highest level the dirty water continues thru pvc pipe to other pvc pipes with holes at the drain field that sets about 3 to 4 feet from the surface. What happens than is a mother nature thing. when water stops moving, mother nature's process of evaporation starts. It uses 2 of the 3 phase of water (h20)… changes from liquid and gas form. Water in the system evaporates in gas form and raises to the surface. Since it's H2O in gas form, it provides moisture to the ground and as it raises, it feeds the roots of vegetation. Since no one has ever work under the surface, I did covered that it's mother nature by the evaporation process waters the plants we don't water. Like the vegetation, trees, and grass you see traveling from city to city. My system will use regular water and is not as deep as that sewer system' pvc pipes In summary, water liquid is fed into the pvc pipes and that waster will evaporate and raise up and feeds the roots of all vegetations

  • Reply Kamran Rafiq manj June 5, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Dear sir please help us in Urdu language.

  • Reply Zayn Maarbani June 30, 2019 at 4:19 am

    Shrek irrigates with his hose 😉

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    I want to sell this irrigation system in India suitable for medium size farms in punjab

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