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I grew up on a ranch located in the southern United States. For as long as I can remember, my father has raised beef cattle. Every summer, he has the arduous task of baling cutting and arranging hay into bales. Because of the hot humid weather in our part of the country, my father particularly dreaded this summer chore when I was young. His hay baler didn’t contain an air conditioner in it. Thankfully, he has recently acquired a hay baler with this convenience. Now, he can cut his hay down without even breaking a sweat. If you’re thinking about getting into the cattle business, consider opting for an air conditioned hay baler immediately. On this blog, you will discover the advantages of buying a new state-of-the-art hay baler with a built-in air conditioning system.

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What You Need To Know About PMDI Systems

Luis Harvey

Precision Mobile Drip Irrigation is a process designed to improve the efficiency of systems used to automate the process of watering soils for crops. PMDI methods are similar enough to existing models that they can, in many cases, even be retrofitted to the current equipment a farm is using. The system also may be configured for use with both short and tall crops. Whether you're looking to install a new setup or perform upgrades to your current one, these four aspects of how mobile drip irrigation works are important to keep in mind.

More Direct Application

Where PMDI methods are intended to outperform existing drop drip technologies is through directly applying water to soils that need to be hydrated. Lines are attached to a central unit that then drags them along the ground, providing water as the lines are slowly moved around by a central hub. By putting the water directly onto the soil, mobile drip irrigation is meant to reduce inefficiencies caused by evaporation and spraying, making it an appealing choice for farmers in dry regions. The system's manufacturer projects between 20 and 30 percent savings in water.

Maintenance Concerns

The presence of lines on the ground causes an increase in maintenance needs in two key areas. First, lines are more likely to be clogged because of direct contact with dirt. Second, the risk of animals chewing through lines tends to be higher due to easier access. It's critical to keep an eye on monitoring systems in order to ensure your system is operating in line with projects, and you should consider performing spot checks to verify any sources of trouble.

One major benefit on the maintenance end is that most work on PMDI units is fairly simple to perform. There are no nozzles, and attached hydraulics tend to be simplified compared to traditional center-pivot mechanisms.

Crop Configurations

A big change that farmers may encounter is moving toward concentric planting. This method reduces problems with tangling that can be caused by lines hanging from a canopy. Some short crops, including wheat and alfalfa, can still be planted in straight rows.

Performance

In addition to keeping costs for irrigation down, PMDI systems have also been reported to produce greater yields. Thanks to improvements in soil profiles, some farmers also report being able to shut down their irrigation systems earlier by as much as a month. Uniformity of crop yields has been reported, too.


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