Thanks to a massive pump station from Watertronics, a Lindsay Company, and innovative wireless irrigation management and controls from Lindsay, thousands of acres of previously dryland North Dakota farm ground are now being irrigated.
In addition to higher yields of corn, soybeans and other crops, the McClusky Canal Mile Marker 7.5 Irrigation Project (MM 7.5) provides increased economic activity for the region, and means less risk and more options for area farmers.
The irrigation project utilizes Missouri River water through the McClusky Canal, an original feature of the Garrison Diversion Unit Project.
Funding for the multi-million-dollar project was provided by the North Dakota State Water Commission and local irrigators. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation guided the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District through the environmental elements of the project to ensure compliance with Reclamation law.
Element Solutions, Lindsay’s Zimmatic dealer in Bismarck, played a key role in helping to make the inaugural phase of the Garrison Diversion’s MM 7.5 Project a reality.
Completed this summer, the project provides irrigation water from the McClusky Canal – which gets its water from the Missouri River – for up to 28 pivots that are used to irrigate approximately 3,000 acres (1,214 ha) of farm land.
Innovative Lindsay Solutions
“The McClusky Canal was underutilized for many years and there were significant challenges in getting water from the canal to the farmland,” says Darrell Casteel, engineer and co-owner of Element Solutions. “My partner, Brandon Ames, and I were able to approach the sponsors with some innovative Lindsay products and solutions for making this project work.”
Those innovative products included a Watertronics main pump station, capable of pumping 17,000 gallons (64,352 liters) of water per minute using five 250 horsepower (186 kw) motors, and a Watertronics booster pump station capable of pumping 7,600 gallons (28,769 liters) of water per minute using three 100 horsepower (75 kw) motors. Special patented Watertronics electronic butterfly valves are used to maintain precise water flow for each pivot in the system.
FieldNET® Wireless Irrigation Management
The Watertronics pump station is used to move the water – in some cases up to 8 miles (13 km) – from the canal to the pivots. Monitoring and full control of the pivots is provided by Lindsay’s FieldVISION panels and FieldNET wireless irrigation management for Pumps and Pivots.
“The entire water delivery system is completely automated,” says Kip Kovar, district engineer for the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District.
Kovar says one of the key benefits of the Lindsay pump stations and the pivot and pump controls is that it came as a total package system, allowing complete monitoring and control of all of the water delivery components.
“With the Lindsay system, we have ‘parent’ control over the entire project, which is really important since this is in a remote area. At the same time, the individual farmers have complete control over their own pivots,” Kovar says.
Fully Assembled and Tested Prior to Shipment
George Zach, agriculture sales application engineer at Watertronics, says the entire pump station at MM 7.5 was fully assembled and tested at the Watertronics manufacturing facility in Hartland, Wisconsin.
“Assembling and testing the integrated pump station is unique to Watertronics and allowed the
system to be installed at the MM 7.5 site in a matter of days compared to weeks if the system was built and tested on site,” Zach says.
Complete Monitoring and Control
“FieldNET wireless irrigation management allows for complete monitoring and control of the entire system, including the pivots and pump stations. Garrison Diversion Conservancy District can monitor and control the entire system remotely,” Casteel says. “This is definitely one of the largest, most innovative projects we have ever been involved in.”
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