Capital Press | Water http://www.capitalpress.com Capital Press Tue, 19 Jul 2016 09:40:54 -0400 en http://EOR-CPwebvarnish.newscyclecloud.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/staticimage/images/rss-logo.jpg Capital Press | Water http://www.capitalpress.com IIEA conference showcases latest in irrigation technology http://www.capitalpress.com/20151224/iiea-conference-showcases-latest-in-irrigation-technology http://www.capitalpress.com/20151224/iiea-conference-showcases-latest-in-irrigation-technology#Comments Thu, 24 Dec 2015 08:41:19 -0400 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015151229944 The Idaho Irrigation Equipment Show & Conference will showcase the latest information in the irrigation industry.

The free event is Thursday, Jan. 7, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. South, Nampa. No registration is required.

More than 60 irrigation equipment manufacturers, dealers, and distributors of landscape and agricultural irrigation products will be at the show to display their latest equipment and services.

“This is a great opportunity for growers and landscape irrigation contractors to come and see the latest developments in the industry and find solutions for their irrigation needs,” said Howard Neibling, education chairman.

The event rotates annually between the cities of Nampa, Burley and Idaho Falls.

Idaho Irrigation Equipment Show & Conference

When: Jan. 7, 2016

Time: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: The Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third Street South, Nampa, Idaho.

Online: www.idahoirrigationequipmentassociation.org/

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Where to find our exhibitors http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Water/20151224/where-to-find-our-exhibitors http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Water/20151224/where-to-find-our-exhibitors#Comments Thu, 24 Dec 2015 08:41:16 -0400 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015151229945 This is a list of the companies that have purchased booths to display their products at the Idaho Irrigation Equipment Show & Conference, which will be Jan. 7, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third Street South, Nampa, Idaho.

#1 BA Fischer Sales Co. Inc.: Aqua Burst sprinklers, Archer butterfly valves, Dragon filters, Xgate canal gates.

#2 BD Sales & Supply: Specified Fittings (PVC & HDPE pipe fittings), Universal Sales, Irripod, Sparling flow meters.

#3 Cornell Pump Co.: Agricultural pumps.

#4-5 Valmont Industries and Interwest Supply, Inc: Valley Pivot, K-Line North America.

#6 RG Sales: Dura Plastic Products, Firestone PondGard and Commercial Geomembranes, Kasco Marine Fountains and Aeration Systems, Typar Geosynthetics.

#7 Weather Tec: Brass Impact sprinklers and micro-irrigation product information.

#8 JM Eagle: JM Eagle PVC and HDPE plastic pipe. Eagle-Corr drain pipe.

#9 Frank J Martin Co.: “NDS: WE Put Water in its Place,” Kupferle, A.R.I. USA Inc.

#10 Industrial Electric Motor Service Inc.: Baldor, Aurora and Marathon electric motors.

#11 AgSense: Field Commander, Commander VP.

#12 Mitchell Lewis & Staver: Pumps, motors, controls, Berkeley pumps, Danfoss drives.

#13 Rain Bird: Rain Bird agricultural and landscape products.

#14 Komet Irrigation Corp.: Komet innovative irrigation products.

#15 Sprinkler Supply of Idaho: Irritrol products.

#16-17 G&S Sales: Action, Lasco, Milwaukee, Old Castle Precast, Cresline NW, IPS Weld-on, King Innovation, Legend, Universal Lighting.

#18 Pentair: Berkeley, Fairbanks Nijhuis.

#19 Water Logic Technologies: Watertronics Pump Stations, VAF Filtration Systems, Omni-Enviro Water Conditioning, Leemco Mainline Fittings and Valves, Badger Meter

#20 T-L Irrigation Co.: T-L Irrigation Co. irrigation products.

#21 Clemons Sales: Irrigation filters, sand separators, self-cleaning suction screens, check valves, special fabrication. steel pipe fittings.

#22 Naco: Molded PIP and bolt couplers.

#23 Franklin Electric: FPS irrigation pump products, pivot boosters, submersible turbines, centrifugal pumps and controls.

#24 Silver Creek Supply: Irrigation, hardscapes, ponds, lighting.

#25: PivoTrac Monitoring: PivoTrac Monitoring — canal and pivot monitoring and controls.

#26: Matco-Norca: Valves, fittings and nipples.

#27: Toro: Toro irrigation products.

#28: Clearwater Supply: Toro, Rivulis, Nelson, AgSense, Fresno, CH2O.

#29-30: Nelson Irrigation Corp.: The R3030 with the all new 3NV nozzle system, End Sprinkler, TWIG Wireless Control System.

#31 Irrigation Components International: Seametrics flow meters, Prysmian/Draka pivot wire, UMC Products and Durst gear boxes and center drives.

#32 Control Components Northwest and Dykman Electrical: Yaskawa variable frequency drives, Banner wireless sensor network, Red Lion remote data displays, Turck Pressure.

#33 Senninger Irrigation: Senninger sprinklers, spray nozzles and pressure regulators.

#34 Sprinkler Head Rebuilders: Rebuilt sprinklers — Nelson, Rain Bird, Weather Tec.

#35 Droplet Irrigation: T-L Pivots, AgSense Automation, Komet sprinklers, Jain drip irrigation.

#36 Snake River Sales: E-Z Weld products.

#37-38: Robertson Supply Inc. and The Pump House: PACO, Grundfos, Peerless, Wolf Pump, American Marsh, GE & Baldor.

#39 Pipeco: Rain Bird, Hunter, gated pipe fittings/valves.

#40-41 Rain For Rent: Reinke pivots, aluminum pipe, pumps.

#42 Bermad Inc: Control valves, air vents, Automation Control products, filters.

#43 Hunter Industries: Rotors, spray bodies and nozzles, MP Rotators, controllers, valves, micro irrigation, irrigation sensors and irrigation tools.

#44 Travis Pattern/Wade’Rain: Wade’Rain Poweroll; Western Wheel Lines; Rainway, A&M, Western and Felton fittings; Bolt-Tite & Epoxy underground fittings.

#45: Spears Manufacturing Co.: Schedule 40 and Schedule 80 PVC fittings and valves, Ever Tuff turf fittings, Fab fittings, PVC cements and primers.

#46 Branom Instrument Co.: Siemens, Thermo Scientific, WIKA Instrument.

#47 Idaho Power Co.: Irrigation programs.

#48 Energy Management Corp.: Electrical motors, generators, variable frequency drives.

#49 Agri-Lines Irrigation: Zimmatic.

#50 Precision Pumping Systems: VFD/PLC panels, pumping system automation, and remote monitoring packages.

#51 Fresno Valves & Castings: Valves and fittings.

#52 Navigator: Valves and pipe turners.

#53 Buckner Superior: Brass impact sprinklers, electric valves, controllers.

#54-55: XCAD USA: Aqua Burst, X-Gate, Pressure Guard, Thunderbolt End Gun, Black Max, XCAD USA.

#56-57: Mountain West Marketing: V-Rain Sprinkler, Seymour Midwest Tools, Val Plastics.

#58 Krause K Box, Inc.: K Box and Bubble Screen.

#59 Rivulis Irrigation: T-tape.

#60 Inman Interwest: Amiad Filters, Marco Fitting, Wilkins Backflows.

#61 Harco Fittings: PVC fittings.

#62 Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission: Low interest soil and water conservation loans.

#63: Jain Irrigation: Chapin drip tape, Power-Loc and Tape-Loc fittings, Amnon emitter line.

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IIEA officers help organization thrive http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Water/20151224/iiea-officers-help-organization-thrive http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Water/20151224/iiea-officers-help-organization-thrive#Comments Thu, 24 Dec 2015 08:39:40 -0400 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015151229946 Bob Hand, Nelson Irrigation Corp., is finishing his first year serving as president of the Idaho Irrigation Equipment Association.

Derick Attebury, Rain For Rent, Idaho Falls served as vice president until his appointment as Region 6 (Upper Snake) Idaho Fish and Game commissioner and had to resign.

Loni Monson, Pipeco, Nampa branch, was accountable as treasurer.

Two board members are finishing their terms: Quentin Nesbitt, Idaho Power Co., Boise, and Dallas Jensen, Agri-Lines Irrigation, Parma.

Tawna Root, Layne Pumps, Twin Falls; Cody Kemp, H.D. Fowler Company, Idaho Falls; and Kent Kidd, Valmont Industries, Declo, have another year on their terms.

Dana Duffin, The Sprinkler Shop, Paul, is the immediate past president.

The following members have served as committee chairs for association activities this year:

• Education chair: Dr. Howard Neibling, University of Idaho, Kimberly.

• Scholarship chair: Dirk Leavitt, Valmont Industries, American Falls.

• Ag Membership chair: Jim Mitchell, TRO Inc., Meridian.

• Turf Membership chair: Jim Moyer, Irrigation Design, Meridian.

The chairmen for the 2015 Idaho Irrigation Equipment Show and Conference scheduled for Jan. 7 at the Nampa Civic Center are Monson and Larry Spath, Robertson Supply-The Pump House, Nampa.

Tondee Clark, Boise, has begun her 20th year as secretary of the IIEA.

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Seminars feature up-to-date information on key issues http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Water/20151224/seminars-feature-up-to-date-information-on-key-issues http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Water/20151224/seminars-feature-up-to-date-information-on-key-issues#Comments Thu, 24 Dec 2015 08:37:33 -0400 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015151229947 A series of technical seminars will be presented during the annual IIEA conference.

Sixteen classes have been approved for the Certified Crop Adviser (*CCA) Continuing Education Credit program in the following categories: Soil and Water (SW) and Pest Management (PM). The following information lists the time the class is given, the course name, teacher, a short course description, classroom, and CCA credit.

Agricultural Irrigation Education

9 a.m.-10 a.m.

1. Save Energy & Money with LESA Technology. Howard Neibling, University of Idaho, will discuss results of using Low Elevation Spray Application (LESA) technology. North Home Federal Room (*1 SW)

2. Remote Telemetry. Manufacturers will discuss new pivot and pump remote monitoring and control products. South Home Federal Room (*1 SW)

11 a.m.-Noon

1. Introduction to Variable Frequency Drives. Craig Hartman, Energy Management Corp., will teach basic theory behind motors operated by VFDs, VFD operation, construction and application. Troubleshooting and meeting utility requirements will also be discussed. North Home Federal Room (*1 SW)

2. Crop Diversity Using Drip Irrigation. Jim Klauser, Clearwater Supply, will lead a discussion on the use of Drip Irrigation in various crops commonly found in the Treasure Valley. South Home Federal Room (*1 SW)

1 p.m.-2 p.m.

1. Water Use in Drip Irrigated Peppermint. Jim Barbour and Jerry Neufeld, University of Idaho Extension Researchers and Educators, will describe installation, operation and management of research plots for comparing water use and mint oil yield in drip, furrow and sprinkler-irrigated mint. Data on water use and yield will be presented. They will also discuss some of the challenges encountered during set up and operation of the irrigation systems. North Home Federal Room (*1 SW)

2. Irrigation Efficiency for Idaho. Dennis Merrick, Idaho Power Company, will discuss irrigation system improvements to maximize efficiency of new or existing systems to increase your bottom line. South Home Federal Room (1 *SW)

3 p.m.-4 p.m.

1. **Food Safety — Pesticide Use and the Public. Sherm Takatori, Idaho State Department of Agriculture. This presentation explains some of the historical uses of pesticides and some of the misuses. The issues with organic foods, pesticide residues in foods and overall food safety in regards to pesticides and pesticide use will also be discussed. North Home Federal Room (*1 PM)

2. Drip Irrigation Systems for Pivots. Jeff Brennan, NETAFIM, will provide a definition of Precision Mobile Drip Irrigation, describe how it works and potential benefits in water management and crop production. South Home Federal Room (1 *SW)

Landscape Irrigation Education

8 a.m.-9 a.m.

1. Troubleshooting an Irrigation System. Steve Eglinton, Pipeco, will review a variety of solutions for problems with controllers, valves and wiring. He will also have a question-and-answer period. North Casler Room (1 *SW)

2. Getting the Most from Your Irrigation Filter. Ed Mathieu, Water Logic Technologies, will teach how to select, size and maintain a filtration system. South Casler Room (1 *SW)

10 a.m.-11 a.m.

1. 8 Keys to Efficient Irrigation & Design/Installation. Guy Collins, Hunter Industries. This class provides education in efficient irrigation methods including: hydraulics, sprinkler selection and placement, precipitation rates, infiltration rates, crop coefficients, distribution uniformity and irrigation scheduling. North Casler Room (1 *SW)

2. Best Practices for Sub Surface Drip in Turf. Cari Snyder, NETAFIM, will discuss best practices for using drip irrigation in turf application, design and maintenance. South Casler Room (1 *SW)

Noon-1 p.m.

1. Installation and Maintenance of Irrigation Pumps. Kevin Johnson, Munro Pump Inc. Proper installation and preventative maintenance is key to pump longevity. This course will discuss verifying that you have the right pump for the job, proper installation and start-up as well as maintenance tests and checks to verify peak performance. North Casler Room (1 *SW)

2. ABC’s to Efficient Irrigation Systems. Kodi Farnworth,

Advanced Irrigation Solutions, will teach how to use 20-60 percent less water and still keep the landscape green. South Casler Room (1 *SW)

2 p.m.-3 p.m.

1. How to Save $13 Million. Steve Carmichael, E-Z Weld. This course will present the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards for correctly applying and utilizing solvent cements with plastic pipe, valves and fittings. North Casler Room (1 *SW)

2. Backflow Basics. Kevin Evans, Inman Interwest, will review backflow devices and the application and requirements for each device. National and local code information will be discussed. South Casler Room (1 *SW)

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IIEA awards $18,500 in scholarships to 30 students http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Water/20151224/iiea-awards-18500-in-scholarships-to-30-students http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Water/20151224/iiea-awards-18500-in-scholarships-to-30-students#Comments Thu, 24 Dec 2015 08:37:16 -0400 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015151229948 The Idaho Irrigation Equipment Association awarded $18,500 in scholarships to 30 students for the 2015-2016 school year. These students were selected on the basis of their academic accomplishments, leadership and career goals.

“These students are amazing,” said Dirk Leavitt, 2015 IIEA Scholarship Chairman. “We are able to provide scholarships to college students because of the generous donations of our member companies and from the profits of the Idaho Irrigation Equipment Show and Conference.”

The IIEA has awarded 629 scholarships totaling $380,500 since 1980. The following students received scholarships in 2015:

• Breeanna Attebury McCook, daughter of Derick and Kristin Attebury, Idaho Falls, received a $600 scholarship to pursue her degree in communication at BYU-Idaho. The money for Attebury’s scholarship was donated by the IIEA and Kermit and Candy Cochran.

• Andrew Bingham, son of Harold and Laurie Bingham, Homedale, received a $700 scholarship to pursue his degree in financial economics at BYU-Idaho. The money for Bingham’s scholarship was donated by Matco Norca and Gheen Irrigation Works, Inc.

• Ethan Brandt, son of Jeremy and Maribeth Brandt, Coeur d’Alene, received a $500 scholarship to pursue his degree in biology at the Masters College. The money for Brandt’s scholarship was donated by Matco Norca.

• Hanna Chaffin, daughter of Scott and Kimberly Chaffin, Kirkland, Wash., received a $700 scholarship to pursue her degree in Spanish and elementary education at Boise State University. The money for Chaffin’s scholarship was donated by the IIEA.

• Travis Chase, son of Mike and Donna Chase, New Plymouth, received a $600 scholarship to pursue his degree in agribusiness and soil science at the University of Idaho. The money for Chase’s scholarship was donated by Cornell Pump Co. and Butte Irrigation.

• Morgan Cortez, daughter of Pete and Holly Cortez, American Falls, received a $500 scholarship to pursue her degree in agribusiness at Casper College in Wyoming. The money for Cortez’s scholarship was donated by Lindsay Corp.

• Nicole Davis, daughter of Steven and Laree Davis, Chester, received a $500 scholarship to pursue her degree in agricultural education at the College of Southern Idaho. The money for Davis’ scholarship was donated by Inman InterWest, Inc., Matco-Norca, and Ag Sales.

• Karmella Dolecheck, daughter of Thomas and Suzann Dolecheck, Twin Falls, received a $500 scholarship to pursue her Ph.D. in animal sciences at the University of Kentucky. The money for Dolecheck’s scholarship was donated by Matco-Norca.

• Aaron Emmert, son of Chris and Beverly Emmert, Nampa, received a $500 scholarship to pursue his degree in agricultural business at the University of Idaho. The money for Emmert’s scholarship was donated by Nelson Irrigation Corp.

• McKenzie Forsberg, daughter of Jeff and Carma Forsberg, Caldwell, received a $500 scholarship to pursue her degree in bioveterinary science at Utah State University. The money for Forsberg’s scholarship was donated by Matco-Norca.

• Rachel Gross, daughter of Doug and Joyce Gross, Nampa, received a $600 scholarship to pursue her degree in sustainable cropping & landscape systems at the University of Idaho. The money for Gross’ scholarship was donated by Pipeco and Hastings Irrigation Pipe Co.

• Dillan Henslee, son of Mark and Brenda Henslee, Hagerman, received a $600 scholarship to pursue his degree in agriculture systems management at the University of Idaho. The money for Henslee’s scholarship was donated by Senninger Irrigation, Snake River Sales, and Action Machining.

• Dana Kerner, daughter of Bruce and Julie Kerner, Weiser, received a $500 scholarship to pursue her degree in agricultural business at the University of Idaho. The money for Kerner’s scholarship was donated by Clemons Sales Corp. and JM Eagle.

• Jessica Lancaster, daughter of Mike and Laurie Lancaster, Jerome, received a $700 scholarship to pursue her degree in agricultural education at Colorado State University. The money for Lancaster’s scholarship was donated by Rain Bird-Agri Products Division, The Navigator and Toro.

• Cole Lickley, son of Bill and Laurie Lickley, Jerome, received a $500 scholarship to pursue his degree in agribusiness and marketing at the University of Idaho. The money for Lickley’s scholarship was donated by The Sprinkler Shop.

• Valene Lickley, daughter of Bill and Laurie Lickley, Jerome, received a $600 scholarship to pursue her degree in civil engineering/animal science at Colorado State University. The money for Lickley’s scholarship was donated by Matco-Norca and Layne Pumps Inc.

• Samantha McGhie, daughter of Todd and Carol McGhie of Rupert, received a $1,000 scholarship to pursue her degree in agricultural science at Eastern Oregon University. The money for McGhie’s scholarship was donated by the Bernie Fischer Memorial Scholarship Fund.

• Justin Nesbitt, son of Quentin and Julie Nesbitt, Eagle, received a $1,000 scholarship to pursue his degree in biological & agricultural engineering at the University of Idaho. He is the recipient of the Don Billings Irrigation Memorial Leadership Scholarship sponsored by Rain For Rent.

• Sierra Norman, daughter of Janell Norman and Lee Leslie, Albion, received a $600 scholarship to pursue her degree in psychology at Bryn Mawr College. The money for Norman’s scholarship was donated by the IIEA.

• Kaedy Pardew-Peck, daughter of Ann Pardew-Peck & Bryant Peck, Eagle, received a $500 scholarship to pursue her degree in agribusiness and agricultural economics at the University of Idaho. The money for Pardew-Peck’s scholarship was donated by G&S Sales, Inc.

• Latesha Reed, daughter of Brad and Anita Reed, Idaho Falls, received a $500 scholarship to pursue her degree in agronomy at BYU-Idaho. The money for Reed’s scholarship was donated by Mitchell Lewis & Staver and Waters & Associates.

• Jacob Reinecker, son of Scott and Kim Reinecker, Caldwell, received a $500 scholarship to pursue his degree in agronomy at Kansas State University. The money for Reinecker’s scholarship was donated by Fresno Valves & Castings.

• Jakobie Rogers, daughter of Shawn and Rita Rogers, Rupert, received a $600 scholarship to pursue her degree in animal and veterinary science production at the University of Idaho. The money for Rogers’ scholarship was donated by Valmont Industries and Universal Sales.

• Colby Searle, son of Ron and Dayle Searle, Shelley, received a $1,000 scholarship to pursue his degree in mechanical engineering at Utah State University. The money for Searle’s scholarship was donated by Lindsay Corp. on behalf of Ellis Kay Stanger.

• Heather Skovgard, daughter of Troy and Julie Skovgard, Kuna, received a $600 scholarship to pursue her degree in mechanical engineering at Northwest Nazarene University. The money for Skovgard’s scholarship was donated by T-L Irrigation and Irrigation Accessories Co. (IACO).

• Bailey Storms, daughter of Kevin and Honor’e Storms, Idaho Falls, received a $500 scholarship to pursue her degree in agribusiness at the University of Idaho. The money for Storms’ scholarship was donated by Weather Tec, IPS Weld-On and Matco-Norca.

• Dustin Winston, son of Stoney and Brooke Winston, Caldwell, received a $500 scholarship to pursue his degree in landscape architecture and sustainable crop/plant science at the University of Idaho. The money for Winston’s scholarship was donated by Lake Company.

• Allysha Yasuda, daughter of Roger and Cathy Yasuda, Fruitland, received an $800 scholarship to pursue her degree in biology at the University of Idaho. The money for Yasuda’s scholarship was donated by Travis Pattern & Foundry and Spears Manufacturing.

• Elaine Zabriskie, daughter of Brian and Nancy Zabriskie, Moscow, received a $500 scholarship to pursue her degree in landscape architecture at the University of Idaho. The money for Zabriskie’s scholarship was donated by the IIEA Turf Fund.

• Mathew Zimmerman, son of Don and Sue Zimmerman, Walla Walla, Wash., received an $800 scholarship to pursue his degree in mechanical engineering at Montana State University. The money for Zimmerman’s scholarship was donated by WISH Northwest and Interstate Plastic, Inc.

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How to avoid irrigation runoff http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Water/20151224/how-to-avoid-irrigation-runoff http://www.capitalpress.com/SpecialSections/Water/20151224/how-to-avoid-irrigation-runoff#Comments Thu, 24 Dec 2015 08:36:03 -0400 Jim MoyerIrrigation Design Co. http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015151229949 Water is a precious commodity and if you are buying it, why waste it?

Over watering is the result of several overlooked principles — some of which might be resolved simply.

I’d like to suggest six possible scenarios and ways to solve runoff problem.

Problem No. 1: A tight soil. For example, clay type soils will only absorb water at the rate of about .4 inch per hour. Spray heads typically have a precipitation rate of about 1.6 inches per hour.

Suggested fixes:

• Match the sprinkler head precipitation rate with the soil intake rate.

• Shorten run-time on the controller. Some controllers have a “cycle and soak” feature. If you need to run a zone for 20 minutes the cycle and soak feature can be set to run (cycle) for 7 minutes and then soak (rest) for 15 minutes. The zone will then cycle another 7 minutes and soak 15 minutes and then complete the remaining time after 15 minutes have passed.

Problem No. 2: Arc pattern is not correct.

Suggested fixes:

• Check heads for proper arc pattern (1/2, 1/4, 1/3). Select the proper arc for the area to be covered.

• Some nozzles for the heads have adjustable arcs. Nozzles are threaded to the top of a pop-up stem in the head.

Problem No. 3: Slope runoff. Slope is an area of land that is not flat but inclined from a high point to a low point. If the slope in the irrigation area is steep, water and especially over watering promotes runoff.

Suggested fixes:

• Choose low precipitation rate heads, such as stream rotors, that approximate the soil intake rate.

• Shorten run time as suggested above.

Problem No. 4: Low head drainage. A sprinkler head that is at the low side of an incline or slope drains water out of the line and other heads when the zone is turned off.

Suggested fix:

• Many manufacturers produce a low head option to eliminate low head drainage.

Problem No. 5: Selecting incorrect water time for plant. Watering times vary with the type of plant that is being watered.

Suggested Fixes:

• Zone lawn areas and plant materials so that watering requirements don’t overlap.

• Choose the right head for the given area to be watered and the plant type.

• Don’t mix head types or plant types on the same zone.

Problem No. 6: Manufacturers’ recommendations were not followed. Not following the manufacturer’s recommendations may change the range and-or coverage, resulting in dry spots.

Suggested fixes:

• Ideal spacing is when the distance between heads equals the published distance of the range of the head.

• Too much pressure causes misting and limits range.

• Too little pressure interferes with the distribution of water from the head.

• Some valves will accept high pressure regulating devices.

Soil is a growing medium for plant life. A soil that supports a healthy growing environment is 45 percent mineral matter, 25 percent air, 25 percent water and 5 percent organic matter.

Too much water takes up air space and slows growth. It is therefore important to not over water.

With more legislation and regulations, the irrigation industry is under constant change. Manufacturers are improving products and capabilities of materials. The Idaho Irrigation Equipment Association promotes staying abreast of these changes by education, displays at conventions and communication.

There is an effort to educate the public whereby the consumer can learn what can be expected from a sprinkler installation. If hiring a contractor, make sure you discuss the following issues for your particular situation:

• Soil types and intake rate.

• Micro climates that are created by shade or sun exposure or wind.

• Use of appropriate material types.

• Plant growth and type.

• Hydraulic capacity of the source of water.

• A commitment for sound water management and conservation of the water.

Since water is the basis of all we like and enjoy, proper use of this resource is essential.

Jim Moyer is the owner of Irrigation Design, Meridian, Idaho, and the turf membership chairman for the Idaho Irrigation Equipment Association.

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