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Rain Stop Shut-Down For Irrigation Systems
How many times have you seen irrigation systems running wide open even in a heavy rain?
"It's an expensive waste," says Loyal Petersen, Osmond, Neb., inventor of "Rain Stop", an automatic shut-off device that should put an end to the problem. Rain Stop measures the amount of rainfall and shuts down the system once a preset amount - from to 1 1/8 in. has fallen.
Petersen, who sells center pivots, points out that in addition to the expense of operating a center pivot or other irrigation system when not needed, unneeded irrigation can also result in erosion due to excessive run-off. "This shut-off eliminates the need to walk out in muddy fields, or travel to several systems spread miles apart. It'll also shut down systems during the night."
Rain Stop collects rain in a small reservoir that snaps out for easy dumping. As it fills with rain, a small float rises. At the preset level, it activates a micro switch which, when mounted on a center pivot, breaks the safety circuit.
On a flood irrigation, traveling gun or other system, it can be installed directly on the pumping engine.
Rain Stop sells for $135. The company is looking for distributors.
For more information, contact FARM SHOW Followup, Petersen &Son, Inc., P.O. Box 207, Osmond, Neb. 68765 (ph 402 748-3388).


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1987 - Volume #11, Issue #3