Now is the Time for Pre-season Pivot Check

June 20, 2016

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 and sand trap to allow any debris or material to exit the system.   Check and clean all water filters for those using ditch water.  Make sure gear boxes have adequate oil and grease all pivot points to avoid freeze-ups during operation.

If you’re using variable frequency drive (VFD) technology, ensure that the fans that cool the system are operating properly and the air filters are clean.  Check all electrical connections to see if there is any rodent damage or corrosion.

Now is also the time to check the condition of your tires.  Make sure they are properly inflated and replace any tires that look like they are approaching the end of their service life.   There is nothing worse that slogging out into the middle of a soggy cornfield in the hot, humid summer to change a tire.

If you don’t have time—or if you just want some extra assurance—give us a call and we’ll handle the entire pre-season inspection and maintenance for you.

We’ve written a great deal about the advantages of remote telemetry, which gives you the ability to check the status of your pivots on your tablet or smartphone.  If you are using telemetry, make sure your subscription is up to date and paid.   If you’ve been thinking about adding this time-saving, labor-saving technology to your operation, now is the time to do it.  This innovation elevates your ability to monitor every pivot—and be notified immediately if something goes awry.  Give us a call and we will walk you through the process of setting up remote telemetry on your operation.

Do you have time to get all this pre-irrigation work done?  Well, there is no such thing as “too late” until it’s time to irrigate.  But the sooner the better so you have enough time to fix what needs fixing and head into irrigation season with a greater level of confidence.