September 15, 2009

Irrigation Installation

I is for Irrigation.
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. 
digging
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. 
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32 comments:

  1. I grew up in Colorado. All of the irrigation was from ditches with metal tubes that siphoned the water to each row. It was amazing to watch the guys set the tubes, they were so fast.

    An Arkies Musings

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  2. I've always been amazed at what an incredible difference irrigation can make in an area and how quickly it can happen.

    Have a great day!

    Sylvia

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  3. Hi Janie, I had to laugh just thinking about a bunch of bureaucrats (or whatever you want to call them) trying to come up with ANYTHING that works...

    Glad it worked out for you. I've seen that type of irrigation around here --across the big fields.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  4. Thank goodness we never neede to go to all that expense. Sometimes we might have needed something to dry up the water!
    Great to see how your farming works.

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  5. Inconvienent incompetence by the NRCS yet incredible insight by you for an indespensible savings on water.
    Great ABCs as always Janie.

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  6. There is probably never a project that doesn't require much more work and expense and time than planned in the beginning. The final results looks Impressive!

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  7. irrigation, in the west it's in-dispensable

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  8. Whew! Thank goodness your irrigation project is finally finished. Here's to many years of hearty, healthy green pastures!

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  9. What an incredibly interesting post about irrigation pipes. I never thought I'd enjoy reading about something like this, but you made me grin like crazy by the end of my reading! As a retired teacher, I'd give you an A+...lol

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  10. Yes, impressive and intelligent description of irrigation!

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  11. And, once again, the alliteration award goes to....Janie and Steve!
    Bravo! Well done. So many I's...

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  12. Due to the low raining, we use extensively irrigation systems in the fields!

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  13. Idyllic, indeed. Clever narrative, as always!

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  14. Intelligent use of the letter I all the way around!

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  15. If you have any problems with this ingenuously installed irrigation system - it is easy for us to introduce to you innumerable inches of ice-cold water :-)

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  16. Without irrigation and air conditioning, much of the western US wouldn't be as populated as it is.

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  17. Loved your explaination of politics and getting your system implimented. Brought a smile to my face. Glad you were not made insolvent by it...

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  18. Oh, this is a good one!

    Where I live, people have to work to drain water away from the land, via ditches and dykes - installed by the Dutch in the 19th century.

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  19. This is a great 'I' post. I'm just sorry that it was sometimes irritating to install this incredible irrigation system.

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  20. I hadn't thought about it, but of course you'd need irrigation where you are. I'm glad you survived the installation process. :)

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  21. That looks like a LOT of work! But well worth it. :)

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  22. I love your commitment to the land. It inspires me.

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  23. I'm sure you're tired from that project but it's worth it. You did great job.

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  24. Beautiful and lovely shots !! Thanks for sharing the beauty !!Great post..Unseen Rajasthan

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  25. Your texts are always so much fun! I'm amazed at how the letter i managed to dominate this piece!

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  26. Good on you both, that was no easy task but the rewards are definitely worth it. Thanks for sharing.
    Smiles

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  27. Looks like a village side. Nice place and some lovely pictures you've posted here. Thanks for sharing. :-)

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  28. ah bureaucracy - always idiotic!

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