Potato Grower

March 2018

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WWW.POTATOGROWER.COM 39 506 PICK PLANTER 171485CraInd12h.indd 1 1/19/18 1:58 PM Max Yield From the Ground Up 1-800-288-8128 • www.tgschmeiser.com Better Soil Prep For a Higher Yield Max Yield From the Ground Up From the Ground Up 30' Till an' Bedder™ Seed Bed Maker Soil preparation equipment from TG Schmeiser is engineered to provide maximum productivity per acre. Versatile implements till, mulch, cultivate and firm the soil for optimum seed germination. C M Y CM MY CY CMY K 2016MaxYield4.6x4.6FINAL.pdf 1 11/24/15 1:59 PM 157791TGSchm13.indd 1 1/3/17 9:26 AM a more efficient means of irrigating," says Holloway. "I found that with the LEPA bubbler system, it allowed us to apply the water we have available in a more productive way. The water that is being applied is resulting in less surface moisture and more beneficial subsoil moisture. This should be all producers' goal." Irrigation distributors also see the benefits and increased popularity of LEPA close spacing. Rick Grimes, owner of Southwest Irrigation in southwestern Arizona, says almost 99 percent of his company's sales could be attributed to LEPA technology. In Arizona and California's Imperial Valley, summer weather brings temperatures upwards of 120 degrees, and evapotranspiration rates range between 0.6 to 0.7 inches per day. This means a grower with 320 acres of land will need at minimum 12 gallons of water per minute per acre just to offset the evapotranspiraiton rates in June, July and August. In their experience, a LEPA sprinkler closer to the ground uses less horsepower and less pressure to achieve the same results as traditional sprinklers

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