Irrigation Leader
  • Business Profile,  Featured,  Innovator,  Interview

    Besler Industries’ Pivot Track Closer

    B esler Industries is a family-owned company based in Cambridge, Nebraska, that for more than 45 years has been manufacturing agricultural equipment and machinery. Its machines are designed in-house and are highly customizable. One of Besler Industries’ newest items is a pivot track closer, a device used to fill in the ruts caused by the wheels of center pivots. In this interview, Herb Besler, the owner and one of the cofounders of Besler Industries, speaks with Irrigation LeaderManaging Editor Joshua Dill about his company’s history and how the new pivot track closer was designed.

  • Business Profile,  Featured,  Innovator,  Interview

    The Dynamic Dyna Flo Pump

    G eneral Irrigation and Dewatering of Oakes, NorthDakota, has been designing and installing deep-well and submersible pumps for over 50 years. One of its most versatile offerings is the Dyna Flo pump—a powerful, affordable, and easily towed pump that can pump 3,000–4,000 gallons of water a minute. It works well for draining flooded fields, flood irrigating, or just moving large quantities of water. In this interview, Dana Rosendahl, the president and owner of General Irrigation and Dewatering, talks with Irrigation Leader Managing Editor Joshua Dill about his company’s history and how it developed the Dyna Flo pump.

  • Business Profile,  Featured,  Interview

    How Reinke Adds Value to Irrigation Operations

    R einke Manufacturing and Irrigation began on a family farm in rural Nebraska during the 1950s. Still nestled in America’s heartland, today it is an international enterprise that provides quality irrigation equipment to growers everywhere. Richard Reinke, the company’s founder, introduced many concepts and innovations that are still found on modern center-pivot systems today. This innovation continues wit GPS and remote-control guidance systems that are paving the way for better efficiency in the fields. Advanced computer- assisted irrigation is another entry in Reinke’s long column of innovations. In this interview, Cody Bailey, the director of engineering at Reinke Manufacturing, speaks with Irrigation LeaderManaging Editor Joshua Dill about the company’s history,…

  • Business Profile,  Featured,  Interview

    Increasing Yield with Valley’s X-Tec Drive System

    V alley Irrigation is a global leader in center- pivot and linear irrigation equipment, with its equipment irrigating approximately 25 million acres worldwide. In addition to advancing software and control technology, Valley is also committed to improving irrigation hardware: the structure and drivetrain. In 2017, Valley launched the X-Tec drive system, which can go twice as fast as a conventional center-pivot drive system while maintaining torque and control. In this interview, Chris Righter, the product manager for structure and drive systems at Valley, speaks with Irrigation Leader Managing Editor Joshua Dill about the technology that makes the X-Tec possible and how the drive system can benefit farmers nationwide.

  • Business Profile,  Featured,  Interview

    Mobile Drip Irrigation: An Interview With Monty Teeter

    T eeter Irrigation, Inc., was founded by Monty Teeter in 1977 in his garage and has since grown to eight locations across western Kansas and eastern Colorado. Mr.Teeter’s most groundbreaking invention is Dragon-Line, a system that uses drip tubing to convert a center-pivot irrigation system into a mobile drip irrigation system. In addition to saving water, Dragon-Line applies that water precisely and directly into the soil, rather than spraying it in the air where it can blow away, evaporate, or cause leaf burn. Dragon-Line, LLC, was established as an independent company in 2014, and the technology won the Irrigation Association’s best new agricultural irrigation product award at its 2016 Irrigation…

  • Business Profile,  Featured,  Interview

    Bringing Sub-Inch Precision to the Irrigation Field: T-L Irrigation

    T -L Irrigation Company has been providing irrigation solutions since 1955. The family-owned company, based in Hastings, Nebraska, introduced its line of mechanized irrigation systems in the late 1960s. Since then, it has continued to innovate to make its products more reliable and easier to use. These days, that means enabling customers to irrigate their fields with extreme precision— moving their systems in straight lines with sub-inch accuracy using GPS or choosing which portions of a field to irrigate using a touchscreen display. In this interview, Neal Schlautman, the engineering manager at T-L Irrigation, speaks with Irrigation Leader Managing Editor Joshua Dill about his company’s history, its current offerings, and…

  • Interview,  Manager Profile,  Washington State

    A Conversation With Sam Hull of Ahtanum Irrigation District

    Ahtanum Irrigation District encompasses approximately 10,300 acres in the Ahtanum Valley of Washington State and has a history dating back to 1852. Sam Hull is a member of Ahtanum Irrigation District’s board of directors. In this conversation with Joshua Dill, the managing editor of Irrigation Leader, Mr. Hull discusses his district’s history and unique features and its ambitions to create a new reservoir and a pressurized delivery system.

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    Profile

    AgWest Supporting U.S. Farmers Through Commodity Analysis

    Although U.S. farmers are proficient at growing a variety of crops, at times they need help marketing and selling their goods. That is where AgWest Commodities comes in. AgWest is an agricultural commodities broker based in Nebraska that helps U.S. agricultural producers in several Corn Belt states effectively market and sell their products. AgWest founder and Chief Executive Officer Steve Knuth has worked in the agriculture industry since his early years in small-town Nebraska. Shortly after he graduated from high school, Mr. Knuth joined a fertilizer business that was owned by his brother. He worked there for over 20 years before deciding to pursue a career in agricultural commodities. Mr.…

  • Photo portrait of Matt Lukasiewicz standing in front of a lake
    District Profile,  Interview

    Streamlining Sargent Irrigation District’s Canals and Pipelines Matt Lukasiewicz of Sargent Irrigation District

    Debris can get into an irrigation system in any number of ways—through intakes that are open to the rivers they draw from or through open canals—but it always causes a headache for irrigation districts and the farmers they serve. After being plagued with debris in its system for many years, Sargent Irrigation District in central Nebraska turned to the experts at International Water Screens to solve its problems. With nearly 30 years of experience, the International Water Screens team helped Sargent Irrigation District select and install self-cleaning, traveling water screens to meet its specific needs. In an interview with Kris Polly, editor-in-chief of Irrigation Leader magazine, Matt Lukasiewicz, general manager…

  • Group photo in warehouse in front of tractor
    District Profile,  Interview

    Changing the Status Quo A Conversation With MHV Water Chief Executive Mel Brooks

    MHV Water is a large-scale irrigation district—a "scheme," in New Zealand parlance—in the Canterbury region of New Zealand, which delivers water and manages environmental compliance for approximately 140,000 acres of highly productive farmland. MHV operates in the Hinds Plains region of Mid Canterbury, a fertile area that is well suited to open-pasture dairy farming. MHV, a farmer-owned cooperative, was formed in June 2017, when Mayfield Hinds Irrigation and Valetta Irrigation merged to unlock efficiencies of scale for their shareholders and amplify their voices by speaking together. Mayfield Hinds Irrigation and Valetta Irrigation began as public works projects in the 1940s and have continually delivered water since 1947. Privatized in 1990,…