In the beginning, our acreage had flood irrigation via gated pipes. As part of a desalinization project, the NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) partially funded our area’s irrigation improvement. After a year of idle indecision, we were inspired to upgrade from flood to impulse sprinklers on a wheel line.
We worked under the irritating, inflexible, inaccurate, ingenious instructions of NRCS engineers, digging trenches and burying pipe. We had no inkling of the instrumental issues we would face – incorrectly installed pump, blown out pipes, etc., but we did, inexplicably, manage to implement the system without permanent injury to our bodies or intellects.
Indeed, this system, if not as simple to implement as implied, did turn out to be an innovation that improves water use and imparts better distribution.
In fact, I was incredulous to find that we were not quite made insolvent by the installation. The initial summer illustrates the result, an impeccable and idyllic pasture.