Friday, April 20, 2012

Lindsay Irrigation Technology Field Day

Can you believe that "one of the most technologically advanced irrigated farming operations on the world" is right here in Alabama? Wonder what this type of program looks like?

Come on over and see for yourself!

Please join us at the Dee River Ranch/ Lindsay Irrigation Technology Field Day

See the future of irrigation agriculture in Alabama. Preview the latest in integrated pumps, center pivots and remote broadband telemetry from Lindsay that reduce risk, maximize yields and protect the environment.

The Field Day will include a short program, project christening and dedication, farm tours and lunch.

Friday, May 4
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dee River Ranch
2110 Ziegler Road (County Road 1)
Aliceville, AL 35442

RSVP by May 1: 402-829-6807 or

*Invitation wording courtesy of Lindsay Corporation. 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Rain Is A Good Thing

Farmers have a love-hate relationship with the weather, especially the rain. We love it when it is watering our planted crops and helping them grow. We hate it when it is muddy-ing up our fields and we can't get in there to plant. We love it when it there is a perfectly timed afternoon shower that nourishes the corn or beans then moves on so we can get back to work. We hate it when the rain hangs around for days and days and floods our fields.

On the flip side, when there is no rain at all we panic! Then there is the dreaded "D" word buzzing around farmer's conversations. Noone wants to hear the "D" word... DROUGHT. Living the south, Mother Nature deals us this card often. Luckily, this year we will be prepared for whatever hand we are dealt.

Over the past several months, we've been hard at work putting in a new irrigation system that will enable our farm to be approximately 50% irrigated. We hope in the near future to be almost 100% irrigated.
This process was long and grueling... lots of planning, hundreds of hours of dirt work on the reservoir & levy, countless nights of no sleep, getting down in the trenches laying heavy pipe, blood-sweat-and no tears that I know of (except for the wives at home crying for their husbands to come home).

Finally, we can announce that we have completed our project! So back to the weather... After we wrap up our first round of planting, rain is a good thing! We are ready to fill up our new irrigation reservoir, just in case we get dealt the "D" card again.

Here are some pictures from along the way!