Posted on: 1 April 2015
Small farms and big field operations alike need an irrigation system that can cut down on working hours and give workers less of a backbreaking experience. A good system increases productivity by reducing the travel time needed and reduces fatigue by eliminating some of the more tedious and stressful water-carrying tasks.
As you look across your farm for areas of improvement, consider a few water pump and tank placement points that can save a lot of time while getting a lot of watering done for the day:
Well Pump And Repeater Placement
Reducing the distance between the well and anything that needs watering is a huge gain in productivity. By running a hose from the well (or other water source) to the fields or livestock areas, you can automatically rush water on demand. An electric pump running on either local power company energy or solar energy can be tapped quickly and easily to automatically water crops and fill livestock watering areas.
For crops, you can attach hoses that feature drip irrigation or even a crude watering system that simply dumps water into the fields. For drip irrigation, you'll need a specific hole bore design to drop a certain amount of water on your crops. A nozzle may be necessary for each hole in order to guarantee a better water drop consistency.
Sprinkling systems area easier when you have pumps to count on as well. The high, consistent pressure from a well pump can broadcast water across a wide area with a much more convenient coverage than watering by hand or using a watering vehicle.
If you need to reach further down the field, you don't necessarily need to dig another well. Attaching another pump with two ports--input and output--can kick up the speed of water as it slow down due to traveling long distances. Your water can go further and you'll only have to dig a well if repeater pumps become too much of an expense or if the water quality begins to suffer.
Using Above Ground Storage
Planning for droughts has become easier, and pressure tanks can make your next dry spell a bit less terrible.
If you're concerned about stagnant water quality or too much contamination settling in the water, using tanks to keep pumped water under pressure can maintain quality throughout the season. Depending on the design, you'll need a safe area that is free of shade and a way to easily move the tanks as needed.
Make sure to have a rolling platform or some sort of sliding rail installed on the bottom of the tank. A skid or some sort of upward-curved platform can work wonders.
When the drought comes, the tanks can make it easier to top off with imported water when the ground water, rivers and other water sources just won't cut it. Contact a pressurized tank and well pump professional to plan proper placement for your farm irrigation setup.Share