3 Reasons to Consider a Custom Fabricated Pump Station

WP Law - Thursday, January 18, 2018
Crop Irrigation

Pump applications will always vary depending on where the pump systems are to be used, material to be pumped, and type of project at hand. If you are about to undertake a certain project and are not sure whether to use standard pump systems or custom fabricated pump systems, go through these few reasons why the latter is a better option:

1. Fits your specific operation perfectly

One of the greatest benefits of customization in any industry is the development/creation of systems that meet the specifications of the owner. With a custom fabricated pump station, your pumping system will be tailor made to perform operations that are specifically targeted to your project’s goals. All you need is to consult a professional and experienced pump fabrication expert to develop a pump station for you according to your specifications.

2. Saves you money in the long-run

A custom fabricated pump station leaves room for expansion in case your operations grow in the future. This saves you money in the long-run as upgrading the system will be easy and swift. It also saves you money by ensuring that your operations are streamlined from the word go.

3. Maintenance on such systems is easy

It’s easy to maintain a custom fabricated pump station especially when it’s the fabricator or installer offering the required routine maintenance services. The fabricator understands the system inside out, making it easy for them to identify where an emergency problem is and how to solve it fast. Most manufacturers also offer maintenance services at a reduced price for a certain period to guarantee the quality of their work.

A custom fabricated pump station is definitely the better option in many projects. However, it’s always smart to consider professional advice on the best option depending on the type of project at hand.

2 Reasons Why Traveler Irrigation Systems Are Your Secret Weapon  

WP Law - Thursday, January 11, 2018
Crop Irrigation

There are many different types of irrigation systems, each intended for different purposes. One popular type is the traveler irrigation system, which utilizes a large sprinkler mounted to a cart with wheels. This sprinkler is commonly referred to as a "big gun." The sprinkler sprays water in a radius of up to 250 feet. The sprinkler must be moved to irrigate the field. Here are two reasons why traveler irrigation systems are your secret weapon.

1. Traveler Irrigation Systems Get the Job Done Fast

The main advantage of traveler irrigation systems is that they can get the job done quickly and efficiently. The sprinkler of a traveler irrigation system typically can spray water in a radius of 80 feet to 250 feet. This makes the traveler irrigation system ideal for fields that are very large and need to be irrigated frequently.

2. Traveler Irrigation Systems Are Versatile

Another reason traveler irrigation systems may be your secret weapon is that these systems are very versatile. If you own a property that is rectangular in shape, such as an athletic field, traveling irrigators are a great option. Traveler irrigation systems can also be ideal if you need to apply a small amount of water in a relatively short period of time. Depending on the type of traveler irrigation system, they can be relatively easy to shift around a property, making them ideal for properties that are oddly shaped.

If you need an effective and versatile irrigation system, you should consider a traveler irrigation system. For more information about the many advantages of traveler irrigation systems, don't hesitate to contact us here at WP Law.

More Reasons to Irrigate Your Lawn During the Winter

WP Law - Thursday, January 04, 2018
Crop Irrigation

Just like any other season when precipitation is sufficient, whether it’s in the form of rain, snow or ice, dormant warm season grasses will continue root growth and water and nutrient uptake although at a reduced rate caused by slowed metabolic activity. Cool season lawns and winter plantings of annuals to provide color have to have sufficient levels of moisture because they are actively growing. How do we accommodate these needs while preventing problems such as winterkill in turf or dead pansies due to lack of water?

Drought conditions: It is not uncommon to have long stretches of time between rain events during the winter months. After several weeks have passed without rain, applying water once a week will be enough to keep your sod hydrated until natural precipitation occurs. If using an irrigation system be sure the watering cycle starts later in the day to prevent dangerous ice buildup on hard surfaces such as roads and walkways.

Extreme cold fronts: During the winter months it is not uncommon to have cold, dry, and windy fronts move through. This, accompanied by rapid temperature drops during the day (or night) will cause the bark layer of shrubs and trees to split in effect girdling the plant. The same thing happens to the dormant turf. The soil will give up its moisture quickly in these conditions causing the grass to become “freeze dried.” The water that is in the grass plant at the cellular level freezes and expands destroying the tissues. This causes winterkill which shows up as what looks like large burned patches in the lawn during spring green up. Paying close attention to weather reports and irrigating before the arrival of the front, may help prevent or decrease the amount of winterkill observed later.

Plants that provide color: Annuals planted to provide color in the landscape this time of year are actively growing and require moisture. Isolating these areas of color with drip irrigation will apply water as needed for growing healthy plants while preventing over watering nearby dormant turf.

4 Ways a Drip Irrigation System Can Help You and Your Crops  

WP Law - Thursday, November 16, 2017
Crop Irrigation

Fall can bring extreme temperatures, with blazing heat one day and chilly mornings on other days. This can be difficult on crops, especially those with shallow roots. Fall is prime season for plants to establish roots. The best way to promote root growth is with a good irrigation system.

Why Use a Drip Irrigation System in the Fall?

  • Promote root growth: Especially with new plants such as winter vegetables and cover crops, root growth is essential for surviving the winter's cold. Use the drip irrigation system to boost your crop for the fall.
  • Save water: In the fall you don't have to worry as much about water evaporation. With regular intervals of watering, you can maximize water usage on your land, keeping your crop growing well into the cold season.
  • Adjust to the changing weather: On cooler days you can use less water and use more water on warmer days. Use a little mulch to help the water stay in the soil so you can have more time between water applications.
  • Save money: When you use less water in the fall, not only are you conserving an important natural resource, but you are also saving on your water bill and increasing your overall profits.

A drip irrigation system can save you time and money. If you would like to know more how you can improve the water usage on your farm or small-scale garden, call us today.

3 Savvy Ways to Conserve Water With an Agricultural Irrigation System

Marketing W. P. Law, Inc. - Thursday, October 19, 2017

Technology in irrigation is now helping farmers achieve more in the area of water conservation.

Here are 3 savvy ways to conserve water with an agricultural irrigation system.

Use of Sensors

The use of soil moisture sensors and local weather monitoring stations allow farmers to obtain real time data on plant growing conditions. This information allows farmers to implement irrigation scheduling programs that allow them to apply precisely the right amount of water at the right time to provide ideal growing conditions for their crop. As a result, farmers have realized a reduction in the consumption of water and fertilizer through this concept.

Precision Irrigation

Precision irrigation involves placing the water closer to the plant’s root zone. Using methods such as low pressure drops on center pivots or drip/micro irrigation are examples of this technology. Precision irrigation improves system efficiency by reducing water losses from wind drift and evaporation. There are additional benefits with drip irrigation such as reduced disease problems.

Irrigation Scheduling

Irrigation scheduling is the process of determining the best time to run an irrigation system and the duration. Several factors need to be considered when determining the best irrigation schedule. Most notably is the weekly water requirement of the crop that you are growing. The water requirement can change as the crop maturity changes. Crops that are in the early developmental stage typically do not require as much water as crops that are in the fruit production stage. Another factor to consider when developing an irrigation schedule is the current weather conditions. Has it rained recently or has soil moisture been depleted by a long dry spell? Other factors such as soil type and slope should also be considered. An effective irrigation schedule will take into account all of these factors and allow the farmer to determine how much water to apply and when to make the application.

For additional information about agricultural irrigation contact the experts at W.P. Law today. 

3 Benefits of Custom Fabrication  

WP Law - Thursday, September 28, 2017
Duo Pro dual-contained piping system

Every agricultural and landscaping terrain has its own unique characteristics. Drainage, varying terrain, access to water sources, distribution to each field, and providing a means to regulate and measure the flow can provide challenges which off-the-shelf solutions are not available. Here are three benefits of custom fabricated solutions to bring water wherever it is needed:

1. Innovative design solutions for equipment and components, whether you need to conserve water or have a unique landscape. Our designers use AutoCAD and other engineering technologies to design a system that gets water where you need it.

2. Advanced fabricating, assembly, and finishing of equipment specifically designed to maximize your irrigation efforts and help your landscape grow. The right irrigation equipment is specifically designed to enhance your soil conditions, grading and location.

3. Specialty welding of unusual piping configurations or to enhance current equipment. Custom irrigation systems for managed landscapes recognizes the fact that each landscape has different features from environmental conditions to water pressure and available flow. A customized solution for hard to irrigate landscapes often require one-of-a-kind solutions.

Spring Maintenance: Is it Time to Upgrade Your Irrigation System?

Marketing W. P. Law, Inc. - Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Duo Pro dual-contained piping system

Irrigation is essential for crop or garden growth, but if performed incorrectly, it does more harm than good. Thus make sure to avoid common irrigation blunders, such as:

One of the most common drip irrigation mistakes is to use one emitter per plant. Though not necessarily a problem for small plants, this can be fatal to large ones. Not only do multiple emitters provide more water, but they ensure that if one emitter gets clogged, the others will still work.

Incomplete Coverage

Home and business owners looking to save money on rotor or spray irrigation may try to space the nozzles as far apart as possible, but this will create dry gaps. Instead, space the sprinkler heads at 50% of their diameter of throw. This spacing gives you head to head coverage insuring that you eliminate those dry spots.

Pressure Problems

Make sure that the water pressure is high enough for your system to work effectively. Although most irrigation systems can work with pressure as low as 20 PSI, the sprinkler heads will be operating at their minimum acceptable performance. Keep the pressure above the minimum level so that the system can work under all conditions.

Timing Troubles

Running your irrigation system during the day causes the water to evaporate before it soaks in, while nighttime irrigation encourages the growth of mold. Instead, run it during early dawn.
Contact W. P. Law today to learn more about irrigation and other water maintenance topics in South Carolina.

What is Malathion and Can it be Used to Get Rid of Nuisance Insects?

WP Law - Monday, March 27, 2017
Nuisance Insects

Farmers and landscapers are in a constant battle with nuisance insects, always looking for ways to eradicate them without having to coat their plants in undue amounts of harmful insecticides. Fortunately, there is an extremely low-risk way to get rid of nuisance insects called Malathion. 

What is Malathion?

Malathion is an insecticide that has become widely used thanks to both its effectiveness and its extremely low toxicity to human beings. Farmers use it to keep their crops from being devoured while landscapers spray it on their lawns, golf courses, and sports fields to kill off mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, and other nuisance insects. It is the most common organophosphate insecticide used in the U.S. today.

How to Eradicate Nuisance Insects with Malathion 

The best forms of Malathion are formulated for landscaping professionals and are not readily available for general use. However, W.P. Law, Inc carries special formulations of Malathion that can be safely used by the general public. It is one of many insecticides that we carry.

Be sure to contact us today to learn more and to see how we can put Malathion to work for you. 

Three Signs it’s Time to Upgrade Your Pump

WP Law - Monday, March 20, 2017
Signs You're Ready for well-pump upgrade

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Having the properly maintained irrigation equipment in place can take a lot of the headache out of irrigating your fields and make the entire process much more efficient. If you are wondering whether it is time for an upgrade, check out these three signs that it's time to replace your pump:

1. Visible Leaks

When your pump is operating be on the lookout for excessive leaks around the pump shaft and seal (or packing) area. Excessive leaks can be indicative of a seal failure or a damaged pump shaft.  If the latter is the case you may be a candidate for a new pump as pump shaft repairs can be costly.

2. Reduced Performance (It just doesn't pump like it used to)

Like any mechanical device, a pump will gradually lose some performance as wearable parts age. In many cases these parts can be replaced and pump performance restored to almost new. As a pump gets older and more problems begin to arise, you will eventually come to a point where it's more cost effective to replace the older pump with a new one instead of continuing to repair the older pump. It is important to note reduced pump performance can also be a symptom of other system components failing and it might be a good idea to have an expert evaluate your entire pumping system before any decisions on repairs are made.

3. Parts for it can no Longer be Easily Attained

Often times finding parts for older pumps can be almost impossible. This means that even if your pump requires a minor repair at some point, it could lead to serious delays and days or weeks of down time. Search for the availability of parts ahead of time, and if they are no longer readily available you are likely better off upgrading to a newer pump.  

Water Pumps from W.P. Law

If you decide that it's time to upgrade to a brand new, high-performance water pump, we're here to help. At W.P. Law, we sell only the highest quality pumps available todayClick Here for larger image. 

How Your Irrigation’s Water Source Can Affect Your Crops

WP Law - Monday, March 13, 2017
Water Flowing from Faucet

Nothing is more essential to a crop's growth than proper irrigation. Yet many people often overlook the importance of the water source they for their agricultural irrigation. With more and more significance being placed on growing crops with fresh, pure water, now is a better time than ever to reexamine how your irrigation's water source is affecting your crops.

Water Contamination and Health Concerns

Crops that are irrigated with contaminated water are one of the leading agricultural health concerns today. The most difficult part of this problem is determining the quality of your water. Livestock farms upstream of your water source may be leaching deadly bacteria in the water, and even water from an isolated pond or well can become contaminated. Not only can contaminated water stunt the growth of your plants, it can also lead to some serious health concerns for anyone that consumes the crops.

Choosing the Right Water Source for Your Irrigation

At W.P. Law, one of the services we offer farmers is helping them identify a proper irrigation water source. Along with designing the right irrigation system for your farm and installing the necessary equipment, part of the process of setting up an irrigation system is to locate a clean water source and ensure that it will provide continual contamination-free water. If you would like to learn more about our irrigation services and discuss how our agricultural design engineers can help you set up the perfect irrigation system, contact the experts at W.P. Law today.

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