Irrigation Leader
  • Flipbook

    Volume 13 Issue 8 September

    By Kris Polly To build and maintain large networks of canals, laterals, and pipelines spanning many miles of territory, irrigation districts rely on fleets of vehicles and heavy equipment, which they must successfully and cost-effectively acquire, maintain, keep track of, and retire. This month, we focus on those assets. First, in our cover story, we speak with Bryce Evans, the co-owner of Missouri-based Evans Equipment, which acquires good-quality late-model heavy equipment from around the world, strips it down in most cases to the bare frame, and rebuilds it. Buying rehabilitated equipment from Evans can save customers 40–50 percent of the cost of new machines.  Next, we speak with Bill Fuchs,…

  • Flipbook,  Montana State

    Volume 13 Issue 8 September Montana Edition

    By Kris Polly To build and maintain large networks of canals, laterals, and pipelines spanning many miles of territory, irrigation districts rely on fleets of vehicles and heavy equipment, which they must successfully and cost-effectively acquire, maintain, keep track of, and retire. This month, we focus on those assets.  First, we bring you a profile of Austin Knudsen, who brings extensive experience in irrigated agriculture and as a state legislator to his current position as the attorney general of Montana. Mr. Knudsen speaks with us about the definition of Waters of the United States, the Endangered Species Act, and other matters of national importance.  Turning to equipment, we speak with…

  • Flipbook

    Volume 13 Issue 8 September Nebraska Edition

    By Kris Polly To build and maintain large networks of canals, laterals, and pipelines spanning many miles of territory, irrigation districts rely on fleets of vehicles and heavy equipment, which they must successfully and cost-effectively acquire, maintain, keep track of, and retire. This month, we focus on those assets.  First, we speak with Jack Russell and Sylvia Johnson, the general manager and assistant manager of the Middle Republican Natural Resources District, about their groundwater management and telemetry projects and how they are helping farmers make their water use more efficient and sustainable.  Turning to equipment, we speak with Bryce Evans, the co-owner of Missouri-based Evans Equipment, which acquires good-quality late-model…

  • Flipbook,  New Zealand

    Volume 13 Issue 8 September New Zealand Edition

    By Kris Polly To build and maintain large networks of canals, laterals, and pipelines spanning many miles of territory, irrigation districts rely on fleets of vehicles and heavy equipment, which they must successfully and cost-effectively acquire, maintain, keep track of, and retire. This month, we focus on those assets.  First, we speak with Nicky Hyslop, a South Island farmer who served as the former chair of Irrigation New Zealand and currently serves as a director of Beef+Lamb New Zealand and Ravensdown, about the importance of irrigation and the possible benefits of more multiuse community water storage.  Turning to equipment, we speak with Bryce Evans, the co-owner of Missouri-based Evans Equipment,…

  • Flipbook,  Washington State

    Volume 13 Issue 8 September Washington State Edition

    By Kris Polly To build and maintain large networks of canals, laterals, and pipelines spanning many miles of territory, irrigation districts rely on fleets of vehicles and heavy equipment, which they must successfully and cost-effectively acquire, maintain, keep track of, and retire. This month, we focus on those assets.  First, we bring you a profile of John Stuhlmiller, who brings extensive experience in the Washington legislature and the Farm Bureau to his new position as executive director of the Washington State Water Resources Association.  Turning to equipment, we speak with Bryce Evans, the co-owner of Missouri-based Evans Equipment, which acquires good-quality late-model heavy equipment from around the world, strips it…

  • Arizona Edition,  Flipbook

    Volume 13 Issue 7 July/August Arizona Edition

    By Kris Polly The drought-driven reduction in hydropower production in the Colorado basin and the increasing costs of hydroelectricity and alternate power sources threatens to create a perfect storm for Arizona irrigation districts and irrigated producers. In our cover interview this month, Ed Gerak, the executive director of the Irrigation and Electrical Districts Association of Arizona, helps us figure out what the future could hold.  We also interview Rick Reinders, the co-CEO of Watertronics, a Wisconsin-based manufacturer of a wide variety of pump stations, control panels, and telemetry products for the agricultural, industrial/municipal, landscape irrigation, and golf irrigation markets.  Irrigation districts are not usually awash in cash, yet they face…

  • Flipbook

    Volume 13 Issue 6 June

    By Kris Polly California’s Central Valley is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world, growing fruit, vegetables, grains, and nuts for domestic and international consumption. Like many regions in the West, it is also facing drought, groundwater overdraft, and other water supply challenges. This month, we focus on the irrigation professionals who are working to preserve and strengthen Central Valley ag through smart water management and new technologies.  Established in 1887, Turlock Irrigation District was the first irrigation district in California. General Manager Michelle Reimers tells us about how today, it is actively investing in modernizing its infrastructure while moving forward with exciting initiatives such as Project…

  • Featured,  Interview,  New Zealand

    Nicky Hyslop: The Importance of Irrigation and Water Storage for New Zealand Agriculture

    Nicky Hyslop brings more than 20 years of experience to her work as a New Zealand farmer and a member of the boards of several industry groups and agricultural co-ops. In this interview, she shares her views about agriculture’s role in New Zealand’s water future and talks about her experience with joining a then-new irrigation scheme to increase the profitability of her own farm. As New Zealand contemplates new water sustainability standards in the face of drought and climate change, she believes creating more multiuse community water storage is a smart strategy for increasing resilience. 

  • Featured,  Interview,  Washington State

    John Stuhlmiller of the Washington State Water Resources Association: A Voice for Irrigation Districts

    The Washington State Water Resources Association (WSWRA) advocates for water districts, including those of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Columbia Basin and Yakima Projects, to ensure that they can continue to deliver water to their customers. In this interview, Irrigation Leader speaks with the association’s new executive director, John Stuhlmiller, a former lobbyist for the Farm Bureau, about what he wants to achieve in his new position. 

  • Featured,  Interview,  New Zealand

    New Tools to Boost Efficiency at the Middle Republic Natural Resources District

    The Middle Republican Natural Resource District (MRNRD) is one of Nebraska’s 23 natural resources districts (NRDs)—local, watershed-based agencies that handle a wide variety of environmental issues across the state, including groundwater quantity and quality, soil erosion, and flood prevention. In a district in which the largest source of water is groundwater—with an estimated 77 million acre-feet of water stored beneath the land surface—one of the MRNRD’s main focuses is groundwater management. To further this goal, it is using a WaterSMART grant from the Bureau of Reclamation to put updated telemetry meters on all its wells. The end goal is to provide all its farmers with real-time information on their water…

  • Featured,  Interview

    Reinke Brings Smiles to Family With Minipivot By Marilyn Ringen

    Each day is a new opportunity to help others. Reinke Manufacturing’s daily work involves putting the finest irrigation products and technologies in the hands of growers around the world. But one day last fall, Reinke and one of its dealers in Nebraska had the opportunity to install a minipivot that did far more than just irrigate crops.  At a young age, Blaize DeGroff was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome, a rare genetic condition characterized by medical problems, developmental delays, and learning challenges. Those with Williams Syndrome are often friendly and talkative, with outgoing personalities. That describes 9‑year-old DeGroff perfectly.  According to his mother, Jessica, Blaize is fascinated with water. And living…

  • Featured,  Interview

    A Program to Help Frito-Lay’s Farmers With Land Stewardship That Boosts the Bottom Line

    Nebraska’s Central Platte Natural Resource District (CPNRD) is working with Precision Conservation Management (PCM) to help growers for the local Frito-Lay plant assess and integrate conservation practices that can improve the environment as well as their bottom lines. In this interview, Irrigation Leader speaks with CPNRD General Manager Lyndon Vogt and PCM Conservation Specialist Darren Cudaback about the new program, which can help farmers make informed decisions about conservation practices. 

  • Featured,  Interview

    THE EQUIPMENT INTERVIEWS Patrick Sullivan

    Number of employees: 80  Size of service area in acres: 90,640  Amount of water diverted for irrigation per year in acre-feet: 282,098 (2010); 57,707 (2021)  Main crops irrigated: Alfalfa, chiles, cotton, onions, pecans  Predominant irrigation methods: Flood, drip 

  • Featured,  Interview

    THE EQUIPMENT INTERVIEWS John O’Callaghan

    Number of employees: 111 full time plus 5–10 seasonal  Size of service area in acres: 233,000  Amount of water diverted per year for irrigation in acre-feet: 980,000  Main crops irrigated: Alfalfa, apples and other tree fruit, corn, grass seed, potatoes, onions, timothy hay, wheat  Predominant irrigation methods: Sprinkler 

  • Featured,  Interview

    THE EQUIPMENT INTERVIEWS José Nuncio

    Number of employees: 63  Size of service area in acres: 55,105  Total amount of water diverted per year for irrigation in acre-feet: Billed—105,393; available—133,768  Main irrigated crops: Almonds, corn, grapes, pasture, rice  Predominant irrigation methods: Drip tape, flood, pivot 

  • Featured,  Interview

    THE EQUIPMENT INTERVIEWS Jerry Gibbens

    Number of employees: 165  Size of service area in acres: 1.6 million; about 600,000 irrigated  Amount of water diverted per year for irrigation in acre-feet: 220,000 diverted on average with about 50 percent used for irrigation  Main crops irrigated: Alfalfa, corn  Predominant irrigation methods: Flood, pivot 

  • Featured,  Interview

    THE EQUIPMENT INTERVIEWS Troy Allen

    Number of employees: 51  Size of service area in acres: 70,000  Amount of water diverted for irrigation per year in acre-feet: 125,000  Main crops irrigated: Citrus fruit, corn, cotton, grain, sugarcane, vegetables  Predominant irrigation methods: Flood, drip, sprinkler