Irrigation Leader
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    Volume 12 Issue 7 July/August

    By Kris Polly Everyone involved in irrigation knows Reinke Manufacturing as one of the nation’s top irrigation equipment manufacturers. What they may not know is that in addition to supplying farmers with center pivots, computerized control systems, and other equipment, Reinke supports its local community by sponsoring high school and college courses in welding, machining, and robotics.  In our cover story, we speak with Russ Reinke, Reinke’s first vice president, about the progress the company has made since his father founded it in 1954 and its top issues today. We also speak with three Reinke employees directly involved in the company’s educational initiatives: Chuck Hatzenbuehler, who teaches welding classes; Hal…

  • Arizona Edition,  Flipbook

    Volume 12 Issue 7 July/August Arizona Edition

    By Kris Polly In our cover story this month, we speak with David Rousseau, president of the Salt River Project (SRP). SRP's originally largely agricultural deliveries enabled the establishment of a farming community that eventually enabled the explosive growth of Phoenix, now the nation’s fifth-largest metropolitan area.  We also feature several individuals from Reinke Manufacturing, which in addition to supplying farmers with center pivots, computerized control systems, and other equipment, supports its local community by sponsoring high school and college courses in welding, machining, and robotics. Russ Reinke, Reinke’s first vice president, tells us about the progress the company has made since his father founded it in 1954 and its…

  • Flipbook,  Washington State

    Volume 12 Issue 7 July/August Washington State Chris Lynch: Forecasting Future Water Supplies in the Yakima Basin

    The 1945 consent degree in the Yakima basin established a method of distributing water to a variety of classes of water rightholders. However, to do this, a measure of the total water supply available in the basin was required. Chris Lynch, the river operations engineer for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Yakima Field Office, is in charge of the impressive feat of carrying out this yearly estimate. We learn more about it in this month’s cover interview.  We also feature several individuals from Reinke Manufacturing, which in addition to supplying farmers with center pivots, computerized control systems, and other equipment, supports its local community by sponsoring high school and college courses…

  • Flipbook

    Special Issue Happy 70th Birthday, Commissioner Johnson!

    By Kris Polly Commissioner, we wish you a very happy 70th birthday!  Enclosed are well wishes from some of the many people you have worked with and helped over the years in so many important ways. All are proud to be your friend and grateful for what you have done for them.  Serving as your deputy commissioner afforded me the opportunity to see you interact with people in countless meetings on numerous issues. The experience was like a boot camp training course on how to be a proper manager of people; how to be an effective problem solver; and, most importantly, how to treat others at all levels of the…

  • Featured,  Interview,  Special Edition

    A Tribute to Bob Johnson

    Commissioner Johnson has touched many lives in his decades of public service. He has worked in the Bureau of Reclamation’s regional office in Sacramento as an ag economist; in Reclamation’s regional office in Boulder City, Nevada, as an economist and as branch chief for the economics branch; in Reclamation’s Washington, DC, office, as head of the contracts and repayment branch; in Boulder City again as chief of the operations division of the Lower Colorado Region; as assistant regional director and then regional director of the Lower Colorado Region; and then as commissioner of Reclamation from October 2006 to January 2009. After his retirement from Reclamation, he has been involved in…

  • Arizona Edition,  Featured,  Interview

    Sandy Fabritz: Bringing Communities Together for Water at Freeport-McMoRan

    Arizona is a state that has endured difficult water challenges since its founding over a century ago. Its arid climate, varied terrain, and position on the Colorado River relative to other states have often created conflicts among various water users. Sandy Fabritz, the director of water strategy at mining company Freeport-McMoRan, is someone who has not only seen those challenges from various perspectives, but has used her experience to find mutually beneficial solutions to complex water issues. In this interview, Ms. Fabritz tells Irrigation Leader about the path that led her to both public service and the private sector, how Freeport-McMoRan prioritizes environmental and water conservation, and the importance of…

  • Featured,  Interview,  Washington State

    Roger Sonnichsen of the Quincy–Columbia Basin Irrigation District

    The Quincy–Columbia Basin Irrigation District (QCBID) is one of the three irrigation districts operating the Columbia Basin Project (CBP), which brings water resources to the Columbia basin. It serves about 250,000 acres, which grow over 45 crops. In this interview, QCBID Manager Roger Sonnichsen tells Irrigation Leader about QCBID’s current top issues and how it is continuing its essential services during the COVID‑19 pandemic. 

  • Featured,  Innovator,  Interview

    WaterForce: Advancing Irrigation in New Zealand

    WaterForce is a versatile New Zealand–based water services company that designs and delivers irrigation, water, and wastewater systems for clients including farmers, growers, and sports facilities. Today, one of WaterForce’s focuses is advancing center-pivot irrigation systems through variable-rate irrigation (VRI) and its monitoring and communication system, SCADAfarm. In this interview, WaterForce Director Paul Donaldson tells Irrigation Leader about the company’s history and current services. 

  • Featured,  Innovator,  Interview

    Andrew Neill of Onfarm Data: Innovating With Irrigation Data in New Zealand

    Knowledge is power, and nowhere is this truer than in the need for precise data for irrigation in New Zealand. The limitations of the country’s freshwater supply, soil, and regulatory regime necessitate precise use of each drop of water. Accurate data also ensure the precise application of water and fertilizer and allow nutrients to be tracked and controlled to prevent contamination of water resources. Andrew Neill’s company, Onfarm Data, is an innovator in this space. Working with farmers, irrigators, and local regulators, Onfarm has supplied data that all parties use to maximize water and nutrient resources with minimal environmental impact. In this interview, Mr. Neill tells Irrigation Leader about his…

  • Featured,  Interview

    Stephen Bell of Trojan Technologies: The Advantages of UV Treatment

    Trojan Technologies is a leading manufacturer of municipal, residential, and industrial ultraviolet (UV) light water treatment technologies. It has broad experience and a huge install base that includes under-sink systems purifying a few liters of water a minute, major municipal facilities that treat millions of gallons of water a day, and even off-grid installations that ensure safe water supplies in remote locations. In this interview, Trojan Technologies President Stephen Bell tells Irrigation Leader about the advantages of UV treatment’s flexibility and about Trojan’s work around the globe.