Spring has just begun, which means many farmers across the country will be irrigating their most valuable crop of the year. Drought and increasingly difficult water conditions have been a primary concern for many farmers in recent years, and this year appears to be no different. This story is being released to shed some light on the possibility of a new solution that may ease their pain, when it comes to water related challenges:
Using a unique water ionization process from Eco1st Technology Group, a Texas farmer is freeing his center pivot systems of algae that clog up irrigation lines and nozzles.
Farmer Russell Fangman checking his center pivot sprinklers for algae buildup
“We must continue to work to increase our irrigation efficiency and get the most out of our natural resources”
Russell Fangman farms in the northern Texas Panhandle near Stratford. He runs several half-mile center pivot systems, through which effluent wastewater from a regional feed yard is blended with well water. He capitalizes on nutrients contained in the effluent to improve corn, seed milo and triticale production.
Effluent can range from 10% to 50% of the water pumped through the sprinkler system. However, when weather warms in mid-summer, the wastewater also produces an algae that can slowly clog-up irrigation lines and nozzles. The result is reduced water flow through nozzles at the critical pollination period of growth.
“I’ve been fighting algae for a few years,” Fangman says. “It was getting worse. I had tried bleach, acids and other methods of filtering the algae but wasn’t having any luck.”
Irrigation Enhancer: Fangman then discovered the Irrigation Enhancer from Eco1st Technology Group. He had heard how the Enhancer and its ionization process had helped neutralize salinity problems in regional irrigation. It had also worked solving algae problems elsewhere.
“We installed the first one in mid-July 2013,” Fangman says. The algae problem appeared to be getting worse the first few days after initial installation. “At first, I didn’t think the Irrigation Enhancers worked,” He voiced his concern to Eco1st, but was told that is expected. However, he discovered the ionization process was breaking away the old algae that had accumulated over the years in the pivot system. As the algae died, it began sloughing off the inner walls of the pipe throughout the irrigation system.
This initial cleaning phase made it appear things were getting worse before it got better. “That was causing the added problems,” he says. “But the old soon went away and my irrigation system began running smoothly.”
“I could see it start removing the algae. It made a lot of difference in water flow. I then rushed to get the other three installed. He installed individual Irrigation Enhancers to four separate pivots, two 10-inch units and two 8-inch units. We finished the 2013 crop and used them all of the 2014 season. Our irrigation efficiency has improved substantially.”
That’s important in his area, where drought and decades of irrigation have decreased groundwater sources in the massive Ogallala Aquifer. Wellhead pressure has declined for many growers. But with the Irrigation Enhancer, water flow and water quality are improved.
How it works: Irrigation Enhancer’s works by stripping away electrons from the water, while simultaneously drawing the electrons to a dedicated earth ground, where the electrons are discharged. This process prevents scale from forming, and kills off all living bacteria and algae.
“The reason for this is, algae and bacteria must balance their pH to survive, this is done through a process of surface charge exchange, by giving up or taking in either protons or electrons from the environment they are in,” Ryan Lopes General Manager at Eco1st says. “The Irrigation Enhancer ionization process removes electrons, creating an environment where both the algae and bacteria simply cannot sustain themselves, causing them to die.”
In addition, unlike common water, the ionized water will no longer bond to or adhere to harmful contaminates such as salinity, in both the soil and water. This will cause the water to move uniformly through the soil with less restriction, even in dense soils.
“The beautiful thing is, the Irrigation Enhancer does not discriminate. All crops benefit from this ionized water,” Lopes says.
Fangman sees the potential for more Irrigation Enhancer systems. He manages several farms for a large cattle-feeding company, which also uses feed yard wastewater in its irrigation program. “We must continue to work to increase our irrigation efficiency and get the most out of our natural resources,” he says.
“The Irrigation Enhancer can help in that process, whether we’re facing a problem with algae, salinity or other water contaminants.”
Eco1st Technology Group is the sole manufacturer of the Irrigation Enhancer. The systems are designed and hand built in the USA to offer sustainable and lasting performance.
For more information, contact Eco1st Technology Group call 855-842 – 5800, or by email at [email protected]@com. Also, visit www.irrigationenhancer.com. Ask about Eco1st Technology Group lease-purchase options.