2006 - Volume #30, Issue #4, Page #15[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
K-Line Pod-Type IrrigatorsStan Baker, Oshkosh, Neb.: Stan installed a series of K-Line pod-type irrigators on his pasture and he couldn't be more pleased (K-Line Irrigation North America, St. Joseph, Mich. ph 866 665-5463; www.k-linena.com). The sprinklers attach to heavy duty polyethylene lines at about 50-ft. intervals. The sprinkler lines can be moved in minutes, towed by an ATV or similar vehicle, without even turning the water off.
Stan recently told Grass Farmer magazine that the sprinkler pods increase the amount of animals he can run on a given acreage. "What used to support the equivalent of 600 yearlings before, now can easily maintain 2,000 yearlings," he says. He installed 35 lines with a total of 410 pods on 400 acres. The entire system is fed by one 900 gpm well that's also used to supply a nearby center pivot.
He used the system last year for the first time. He says the line-pod system is more water efficient than center pivots and plans to convert two nearby center pivots to pods.
The nozzles are sized from 1 to 5 gal. per minute, depending on the amount of water needed in a given time period.
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