Irrigation Leader
  • Featured,  Interview

    T-L’s Business in New Zealand and Around the World

    T-L Irrigation is a family-owned equipment manufacturer founded in 1955. Based in Hastings, Nebraska, it is active around the world, from the Middle East to New Zealand. Its hydrostatic drive center-pivot system is versatile and easy for clients around the world to use. T-L’s international business puts it in contact with foreign competitors and even intellectual property pirates who seek to benefit from others’ research and development. In this interview, Randy George, T-L’s vice president of international sales, speaks with Irrigation Leader Managing Editor Joshua Dill about his company’s business around the world, with a focus on New Zealand.

  • Featured,  Interview

    The Differences Between U.S. and New Zealand Irrigation

    As director of the Irrigation Training and Research Center (ITRC) at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Dr. Stuart Styles is an expert on irrigated agriculture in the American West and on the newest irrigation techniques and technologies in the irrigation world. During trips to New Zealand in 2016 and 2018, Dr. Styles was able to visit irrigation schemes and irrigated farms on the South Island’s Canterbury Plain.  In this interview, Dr. Styles tells Irrigation Leader Managing Editor Joshua Dill about New Zealand irrigation’s modern technology and the differences between irrigated agriculture in New Zealand and the United States. 

  • Featured,  Interview

    Assura’s Adaptable Asset-Management Platform

    Assura Software is a Christchurch, New Zealand–based technology company that builds highly configurable asset- and case-management solutions. Its products are used by several large irrigation schemes—the Kiwi equivalent of U.S. irrigation districts—to manage their assets and record health and safety risks and hazards. Using Assura’s platform in the office on a computer or in the field on a mobile phone app, irrigation scheme employees or farmers can keep track of what tasks need to be done and the current status of their land and assets. In this interview, Assura Managing Director Hamish Howard speaks with Irrigation Leader Editor-in-Chief Kris Polly about Assura’s platform and the many uses it can be…

  • Featured,  Interview

    New Zealand’s Farm Environment Plans

    As chair of Irrigation New Zealand, a natural resources engineer at irrigation consultancy Irricon Resource Solutions Services, and an irrigated farmer, Keri Johnston is an expert on the practice and policy of irrigation in New Zealand. Both the technology of irrigation and the New Zealand regulatory environment have been changing in recent years, and irrigated farmers there are under increasing pressure to comply with stricter regulations and to prove their farms’ compliance with farm environment plans.  In this interview with Irrigation Leader Editor-in-Chief Kris Polly, Keri Johnston describes what these plans entail, the challenges farmers face in complying with them, and New Zealand farmers’ message to local and national policymakers. 

  • Featured,  Interview

    The South Island’s Efficient Irrigated Dairy Farming

    The Canterbury Plains area of New Zealand’s South Island is a rich area of surface-water-irrigated dairy and crop farming. Its large schemes, similar to American irrigation districts, draw water from the alpine rivers and convey it via pressurized pipes and open channels to the region’s highly efficient farms.  John Nicholls is a dairy farmer as well as the chair of MHV Water, one of New Zealand’s largest irrigation schemes; he is also a director of a number of other large businesses that provide services into the agricultural industry. In this interview with Irrigation Leader Managing Editor Joshua Dill, Mr. Nicholls explains why New Zealand dairy farmers are so efficient and…

  • Featured,  Interview

    How Irrigation New Zealand Promotes Innovation and Sustainability

    Irrigation New Zealand is a member-founded industry organization committed to representing the interests of New Zealand’s irrigation sector and promoting best practices across the industry. With new environmental standards and water management regulations currently being discussed by New Zealand’s government, Irrigation New Zealand is keeping abreast of the policy discussion and preparing to help its members implement and abide by the new laws.  In this interview, Elizabeth Soal, chief executive officer (CEO) of Irrigation New Zealand speaks with Irrigation Leader Editor-in-Chief Kris Polly about her organization’s involvement in the policymaking process and how it is promoting positive environmental outcomes. 

  • Featured,  Interview,  Washington State

    Growing Washington’s Economy: Chris Voigt of the Washington State Potato Commission

    Potatoes are one of Washington State’s top crops. Grown primarily in central Washington with Columbia River that point, potatoes are directly dependent on irrigation infrastructure and technology. The cultivation and processing Potato provides 36,000 jobs to Washington State. Growers and worked there for about 3 years. The Washington State Potato Commission is the industry association responsible for promoting research into potato cultivation, advocating with state and federal agencies, and marketing potatoes. In this interview, Chris Voigt, the director of the Washington State Potato Commission, speaks with Irrigation Leader Editor-in-Chief Kris Polly about potatoes’ economic and nutritional importance—and the time he ate nothing but potatoes for 60 days!

  • Featured,  In Memoriam,  Interview

    In Memoriam: Warren R. Morgan

    Warren R. Morgan, 60, passed away unexpectedly in May. He was born April 17, 1959 to Rex and Laurel Morgan in Soap Lake, Washington. He grew up in Quincy, Washington, and graduated from Quincy High School in 1977 and from Washington State University (WSU) in 1981. He returned to Quincy after graduating from WSU and lived there until his death. His life as an entrepreneur began while he was still at WSU, where one of his first ventures was renting minifridges to college students. After graduating from WSU with a degree in horticulture, he came back to Quincy and shortly thereafter began working in his parents’ orchard. The family orchard had been purchased in 1976 as a retirement…

  • Featured,  Interview,  Irrigated Crop

    Growing Pecans in the Desert Southwest

    The climate of the desert Southwest is ideal for growing pecans, and the region produces roughly one-third of all pecans grown in the United States. With global demand for their product rising, New Mexico pecan growers see a bright future. However, there is a hard constraint on pecan production: water. Growing pecans in New Mexico’s arid land requires the efficient and intelligent use of limited irrigation water resources. In this interview, Greg Daviet, the manager of Dixie Ranch farm, speaks with Irrigation Leader Managing Editor Joshua Dill about how pecans are grown and harvested in New Mexico and distributed around the world.

  • Featured,  Interview

    An Online Security Training Course for Irrigation Districts

    Philip Ball’s Situational Awareness Institute (SAI) provides training for private companies and public agencies about security, active killer prevention and response, and crisis communications. Now, SAI is releasing a new online course that presents the best of its information and education in brief modules that include text, pictures, and video. In this interview, Philip Ball speaks with Irrigation Leader Managing Editor Joshua Dill about how water districts can keep both employees and customers safe in an ever-threatening world.