WILDLIFE FOOD PLOTS  

Irrigation Systems For Wildlife Food Plots
What are the questions you need to ask & the answer you need to have before starting your plans for your next food plots.

   

 

標HAT ARE YOUR LONG TERM PLANS FOR YOUR WATER NEEDS.
標HAT IS YOUR WATER QUALITY, QUANTITY, & SOURCE
標HAT ARE YOUR SOIL TYPES.
標HAT TYPE OF TERRAIN ARE YOU WANTING TO WATER.
肘S THERE ANY ELEVATION CHANGE FROM SIDE TO SIDE OF THE FIELD OR FROM THE WATER SOURCE TO THE AREA TO BE IRRIGATED.
標HAT IS THE WATER USE OF THE FORAGE CROP THAT YOU WANT GROW FOR ALL SEASONS.
標HAT TYPE OF IRRIGATION SYSTEM FITS YOUR NEEDS.
標HAT WILL BE THE LABOR NEEDS TO OPERATE THE IRRIGATION SYSTEM.

LONG TERM PLANS
HOW MANY DIFFERENT AREAS DO YOU WANT TO IRRIGATE OR HAVE WATER DELIVERED TO. THIS YEAR OR IN FUTURE YEARS.
WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE WATER NEEDS FOR OTHER WATER USES. WILDLIFE WATERS, HOUSE WATER, OR OTHER NEEDS.
WHAT ARE THE TOTAL DOLLARS YOU WANT TO SPEND FOR ALL OF YOUR WATER AND IRRIGATION NEEDS, FOR THE FIRST YEAR AND THE FOLLOWING YEARS.
DO NOT HAVE TUNNEL VISION, THINK OF YOUR LONG TERM WATER PLANS.

WATER SOURCE
SINGLE WATER WELL.
MULTIPLE WATER WELLS.
SURFACE WATER.

WATER QUALITY
TAKE A WATER SAMPLE.
WHAT IS THE PH OF THE WATER.
WHAT IS THE SODIUM LEVEL.
WHAT IS THE WATER TEMPERATURE.
DOES IT HAVE IRON, CALCIUM, SALT, AND ECT. DOES IT HAVE ANY ORGANIC OR NON ORGANIC MATERIAL IN IT, ( SAND OR ALGAE).
TRY TO GET A HISTORY ON YOUR WATER WELL.
HOW MANY GALLONS PER MINUTE DOES YOUR WATER WELL MAKE, OPEN FLOW AND UNDER PRESSURE.
LARGE HP MOTORS DO NOT ALWAYS MEAN THAT YOU HAVE LARGE QUANTITY'S OF WATER.

ELECTRIC POWER SOURCE
DO YOU HAVE ELECTRIC POWER WHERE YOU NEED IT.
DO YOU NEED A GENERATOR.
WHAT TYPE AND HOW MUCH ELECTRICITY DO YOU NEED,
110, 230, 480 VOLT, 1 ph OR 3 ph.

WATER DEMANDS
THE DEMAND ON A WATER SYSTEM WILL VARY DEPENDING ON THE AMOUNT OF WATER THAT WILL BE USED TO WATER FOOD PLOTS, AND TO KEEP SURFACE TANKS FULL, WILDLIFE WATERS, HUMAN CONSUMPTION AND ANY OTHER USES FOR WATER.

WATER REQUIREMENTS FOR FOOD PLOTS
WHAT WILL BE YOUR WATER REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DIFFERENT ANNUAL AND PERENNIALS THAT YOU WILL PLANT IN YOUR FOOD PLOTS FOR SPRING, SUMMER / FALL, WINTER PLANTINGS.

SOIL TYPES
DIFFERENT SOIL TYPES HAVE DIFFERENT INFILTRATION RATES. THIS MAY HAVE A BEARING ON WHAT TYPE OF IRRIGATION SYSTEM THAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO USE EFFICIENTLY.

CLAY, LOAM, SANDY LOAM, SANDY, & ROCK.

SOIL DEPTH
How Many Inches or Feet of Top Soil Does The Area Have

TERRAIN
ARE THERE ANY HIGH OR LOW SPOTS IN THE AREA TO BE IRRIGATED. IF SO THIS MAY CAUSE PROBLEMS RUNNING IRRIGATION EQUIPMENT THRU, OR CAUSE UNEVEN WATER DISTRIBUTION. IF THERE ARE LOW AND HIGH AREAS THAT YOU WILL BE RUNNING WATERLINES THROUGH, YOU WILL NEED TO CONSIDER HOW MUCH WATER PRESSURE YOU WILL LOOSE OR GAIN IN THOSE AREAS.

IRRIGATION SYSTEMS
FLOOD OR FURROW
GATED PIPE
HAND MOVE SPRINKLERS
K-Line Towable Sprinklers
SIDE ROLLS SPRINKLERS
HOSE TRAVELERS
DRIP
MINI CENTER PIVOTS
FULL SIZE CENTER PIVOTS
 

FURROW & FLOOD WITH GATED PIPE
AVERAGE EQUIPMENT COST PER ACRE $8.50 - $11.50.
LABOR INTENSIVE.
WATER MOVES GOOD IN MEDIUM TO HEAVY SOILS.
YOUR FIELD NEEDS TO HAVE A SLIGHT SLOPE.
YOU CAN HAVE VERY UNEVEN DISTRIBUTION OF WATER.
 

HAND MOVE SPRINKLERS
LOW TO MID COST EQUIPMENT.
LABOR INTENSIVE.
 

K-Line Towable systems
Low Cost
Easy Move Tow With ATV or UTV
Easy Installation

SIDE ROW
シ MILE SYSTEM $ 7500.00 - 9500.OO.
HAS TO BE MOVED AFTER EVERY SET.
WATER SUPPLY HAS TO REMOVED AND LET DRAIN BEFORE MOVING.
EASY TO MOVE IN SANDY SOILS.
STICKS EASY IN CLAY TO CLAY LOAM SOILS.

HOSE TRAVELERS
NEEDS TO MOVED FROM FREQUENTLY.
OPERATING PRESSURE 65 PSI - 110 PSI
CAN BE OPERATED THRU TREES & BRUSH.
WATER EFFICIENCY IS LOW.

DRIP IRRIGATION
COST PER ACRE $ 1250.00 - $ 2000.00.
MANAGEMENT OF SYSTEM A MUST.
SYSTEM IS 95% + EFFICIENT.
LIFE OF SYSTEM IN THE 12 + YEARS.

CENTER PIVOT
COST PER ACRE $ 650.00 - $ 800.00
OPERATING PRESSURES 35 PSI - 60 PSI
TWO SIZES, A FULL SIZE 12' TALL AND A MINI PIVOT 6' TALL
EASY TO RUN WITH BASIC TRAINING
CAN BE OPERATED OFF SITE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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