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 June 20, 2016

Now is the Time for Pre-season Pivot Check

With Jeremy Becker There’s no question that you’ll soon be firing up your pivot system—and now is the time to get your irrigation technology ready to keep your crop watered. When you first put water in your pivot, blow out your pivot system and flush it to check for leaks.  Pull off the end cap… Read More »

 April 21, 2016

Is it time to get out of the trenches?

With Chad Schneider Irrigating “in the trenches” with furrow irrigation actually requires you to do things that reduce water efficiency. You’re tilling the soil and reducing residue, both of which accelerate soil moisture loss. And when your top layer of soil is saturated through irrigation, you lose the residual benefits of any rain that does… Read More »

 March 1, 2016

Greater control over the water you put on your crops.

With Jeremy Becker Water is the limiting factor when it comes to yield. Since we can’t count on Mother Nature to consistently provide it when and where we need it, we need to take control by using the water we do have available to us as efficiently as possible. If your yield maps look like… Read More »

 January 1, 2016

Irrigation Simplification

By  Chad Schneider When you’re looking to simplify your operation, your irrigation system may be a great place to start. If you’ve been using furrow irrigation, you can make a major leap toward simplification by converting to a pivot or subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) system. No more moving pipe, checking rows, or closing gates. You’ll also… Read More »

 September 1, 2015

Partnerships are critical to our ability to deliver on drip

By Frank Landry  This month’s flyer deals with the importance of having the right partners and advisors in order to make your business successful.   Here at 21st Century Water, we’ve seen the impact that can have on our ability to deliver on the promise of drip irrigation. When we choose to work with a partner… Read More »

 July 1, 2015

Eventually, the “rain, rain will go away.” Make sure your pivot is ready to rock.

By Jeremy Becker   In most years, we’d probably already be watering by now.  But this year, Mother Nature has decided to be overabundant with rain for most of us.  But we all know that, at some point, we’re going to be kicking on those pivots.   So now is the time to check your pivots… Read More »

 May 1, 2015

Innovation in Irrigation Takes a “LEPA” Faith

By Frank Landry   Sometimes being an innovator means taking a chance—not knowing exactly whether the results will be positive or negative.  But 21st Century Water is bringing an innovation to irrigation that is a proven winner. Low Energy Precision Application (LEPA) is a sound strategy for improving pivot irrigation efficiency, reducing energy costs and… Read More »

 March 1, 2015

Making Every Drop Count

By Chad Schneider Planting is likely foremost in your mind right now as you get geared up to hit the field in a few weeks.   But this is absolutely the perfect time to make sure your irrigation system is up to the task when it comes time to water your crop. Your irrigation system should… Read More »

 January 1, 2015

Pivot Maintenance in Cold Temperatures

By Jeremy Becker With temperatures well below zero and snow blowing across the High Plains, it’s hard to think about your pivot system.  But actually, this is a perfect time to do just that. You should have completed check-ups on all gear boxes, drives and electrical systems at the end of the irrigation season.  Gear… Read More »

 November 1, 2014

The ROI of SDI

By Kyle Schneider I vividly remember my introduction to the concept of subsurface irrigation. During the 2007 summer break I worked for a farmer in Scottsbluff, NE. It was a dry spring and his edible beans did not have enough moisture to germinate. As we walked rows in early June, throwing out corn stalks to allow water to… Read More »