2017 - Volume #41, Issue #5, Page #31[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Nifty Way To Water Trees
They removed all the spraying equipment and connected a flexible hose to the tank’s drain and ran it out through a hinged piece of 1 1/2-in. galvanized-pipe. Peterson purchased a 10-in. long hydraulic cylinder that runs off the tractor’s hydraulics. It is mounted vertically with a cable attached to the end of the piston that runs up over a pulley to the hinged pipe.
“I stop at every tree and let the pipe down to water; it’s gravity flow. It doesn’t take long to get out 10 gal. It shuts off when you raise it up,” Peterson explains.
“We can water about 30 trees at a time. A 3-in. trash pump in a nearby lake is used to refill the tank. It only takes a couple minutes,” he adds.
Peterson pulls the waterer with a small Deere utility tractor. “It’s a simple outfit, but it works so well,” he says. Despite dry summers his trees are doing well, and he plans to make another one for a relative.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, LaVern Peterson, 312 27th St. N.W., Watertown, S. Dak. 57201 (ph 605 886-3247).
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