Irrigation Leader
  • 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…

  • Arizona Edition,  Flipbook

    Volume 13 Issue 6 June Arizona Edition

    By Kris Polly For 100 years, the Roosevelt Irrigation District (RID) has brought groundwater from South Phoenix to irrigate a large agricultural area in the Avondale, Goodyear, and Buckeye areas of Arizona. Like many Phoenix-area irrigation entities, RID is grappling with the effects of urbanization, aging infrastructure, and water supply issues. In our cover story this month, RID Superintendent Donovan Neese tells us about how the district is working to sustain irrigated ag into the future.  The rest of this month’s issue focuses on California’s Central Valley, one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. Established in 1887, Turlock Irrigation District was the first irrigation district in California.…

  • Arizona Edition,  Featured,  Interview

    Donovan Neese: 100 Years of Irrigated Agriculture at the Roosevelt Irrigation District

    For 100 years, the Roosevelt Irrigation District (RID) has brought groundwater from South Phoenix to irrigate a large agricultural area in the Avondale, Goodyear, and Buckeye areas of Arizona. Like many Phoenix-area irrigation entities, RID is grappling with the effects of urbanization, aging infrastructure, and water supply issues. Irrigation Leader spoke with Superintendent Donovan Neese to learn more about the district’s operations and plans for the future. 

  • Arizona Edition,  Featured,  Interview

    Uri Segev: Bringing N‑Drip’s Advanced Microirrigation Systems to Arizona

    N‑Drip wants to help solve the global water crisis by helping the world’s farmers convert flood irrigation to gravity-powered microirrigation. Its system, developed by Israel’s former water commissioner, Professor Uri Shani, transforms existing flood infrastructure into cost-effective, precise drip systems, without the use of filters or pumps. Irrigation Leader spoke with N‑Drip’s U.S. vice president for business development, Uri Segev, about how N‑Drip is helping farmers become more efficient so that they can increase yields with much less input, one field at a time. 

  • Arizona Edition,  Flipbook

    Volume 13 Issue 5 May Arizona Edition

    By Kris Polly Israeli company N-Drip recently moved its U.S. headquarters to Arizona, where it aims to transform existing flood irrigation into drip irrigation that does not need filters or pumps. N-Drip’s U.S. vice president for business development, Uri Segev, tells us about how N-Drip is helping farmers in Yuma, Casa Grande, and beyond grow more with less.  We also learn about several new developments in horticulture. First, we speak with Mathias Levarek, the CEO of Agrotonomy, which manufactures aeroponic tower farms that drizzle plant roots with nutrients and water. Next, we speak with Dr. Trentee Bush, Jill Heemstra, and Richard M. Wright of Northeast Community College about its Horticulture…

  • Arizona Edition,  Flipbook

    Volume 13 Issue 4 April Arizona Edition

    By Kris Polly The success and flourishing of an irrigation district depend on many things—weather, funding, upkeep, modernization, and planning, for instance—but perhaps no factor counts as much as does a good manager. A manager must know their district’s distinctive characteristics and challenges, their employees, and their board. And they must have a clear vision of the future and what it will take to bring their district success.  This month, we bring you our first Managers Issue since January 2020. In this issue, we interview 21 managers, hailing from across the western United States and even across the world, about their top issues, their training and safety programs, the lessons…

  • Arizona Edition,  Flipbook

    Volume 13 Issue 3 March Arizona Edition

    By Kris Polly As Arizona irrigators know, the tier 1 cuts to Colorado River water deliveries are starting to bite. The drought on the Colorado is a deadly serious affair. This month, we are pleased to feature a column by United States Senator Mark Kelly, whose Colorado River Indian Tribes Water Resiliency Act would help free up more Colorado River water for irrigation.  We also look at the tier 1 cuts from the district perspective. This year, the Maricopa-Stanfield Irrigation and Drainage District (MSIDD), based outside Phoenix, will receive only about one-third of its previous water allocation. We talk with MSIDD Director of Water Operations Tony Solano about the district’s…

  • Arizona Edition,  Flipbook

    Volume 13 Issue 2 February Arizona Edition

    By Kris Polly Noel Carter, the general manager of Arizona’s Buckeye Water Conservation and Drainage District, has a family history in the Buckeye Valley that goes back to the 1890s. Today, the district he leads provides water and drainage services to local farmers and is helping them continue their success into the future by addressing challenges including alkali damage, urbanization, competing demands on local water, and fluctuating power prices. This year, Nebraska’s national resources districts (NRDs) are celebrating a half-century of achievements in soil and water conservation work with open houses, events, and more, as we learn in our cover interview with Dean Edson, the executive director of the Nebraska…

  • Arizona Edition,  Featured,  Interview

    Senator Jon Kyl on Arizona’s Response to Its Water Challenges, Past and Future

    During his more than 26 years in Congress and his time working as a lawyer in Arizona, Senator Jon Kyl was directly involved in groundwater management programs, surface water allocation settlements, and the development of a major water supply project, the Central Arizona Project (CAP). In this interview, Senator Kyl reflects on his accomplishments in Congress, Arizona’s response to the ongoing drought in the Colorado basin, and how Arizona can address the challenges of the future. 

  • Arizona Edition,  Flipbook

    Volume 13 Issue 1 January Arizona Edition

    By Kris Polly This month, we have the honor of featuring former Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona on our cover. Senator Kyl has long experience in groundwater management, surface water settlements, and the development of a major water supply project, the Central Arizona Project. In our interview, he brings this broad experience to bear on Arizona’s current and future water challenges.  In this issue, we also talk to a number of Nebraska water professionals. Nebraska-based water lawyer Tom Wilmoth is also a cofounder of Zipline Brewing, which has created 36 jobs with its brewery in Lincoln and retail locations in Lincoln and Omaha. Not only is making beer a way…