Giving Moisture to our Wheat – Flood Irrigation

East of the farm there are acres that have been farmed by our family for many years.  The fields  have been flood irrigated for sometime. 

This entails pipe manually being laid out on the edge of each field at the correct time to begin irrigating the crop.  


This year there is wheat planted in the field where we were going to lay the pipes.  

There is an irrigation engine that pumps the water through the pipes.  There is a gas meter attached as we must pay for the gas that is used to run the engine.

This year I helped Milton lay out the pipe, his father drove the mule forward for us.   I got my workout with this farm task! 🙂 I must say I  enjoyed it though!

This is where the water is coming out of the pipe to irrigate the wheat.  My husband puts on his rubber boots at least twice a day to go check the field.  Back in 2012 we spent time together as family checking irrigation.  It’s still one of my fondest memories for us on the farm, you can read about it at Irrigation & Hello Kitty. That post also explains how we can regulate how much water comes out of the pipe.

This year might just be the last year to have flood irrigation on this field.  Things are in the works to set up a center pivot irrigation system.  Drilling for the well is to begin this week, depending on weather.  There is more on that to come!

Did you know that there are irrigated and non-irrigated crops before reading this post?  Would you like to learn more about irrigation and non-irrigation practices?

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