Laying Pipe-Next Year Moving Water will be Great!

We have decided that, to ease the work-load for next year, all of the transmission ditches need to be put underground.

Transmission ditches only carry the water from one place to the next place, they don’t have to be open ditches for a person to use siphon tubes to water the actual fields.

The time in managing the open ditch is huge, you have to make the ditch, keep the ditch clean of trash and weeds and deep enough, with enough slant, so the water will flow.  It’s an all season job, which sometimes gets away from us.  The water, with the weed seeds gets a start and then this is what you get.

A mess.


The mess takes up some of the water for themselves and the sun takes more, so by August how many tubes or gates you get to use starts to shrink.

We have several transmission ditches.

Gradually, every year (pipe costs lots of money) the transmission ditches have been going underground.

The first two years Terry dug the ditches by hand, last year he rented a backhoe and dug it that way. But this year, after putting pencil to paper, we hired Troy Wells to come out and dig this ditch.

(Besides I don’t think – at our ages – we should be doing all the work!)


Terry got everything ready so all that had to be done was the digging.

The work was excellent!


All the top soil (because we are going down a  road-the one that goes to our head gate and to the upper end of our place) was put on one side of the trench, the good farming soil on the other side. The sides were squared and the bottom flat…very little hand work had to be done.  Just at the top where the transmission pipe connects with the first artery of that system.


And that WAS a job!

Laying-Pipe-2The it was up to us.  Get a pipe, lay in the trench, get another pipe, glue them together, make sure the fall of the land is still good, if not take a shovel and shovel the spot until perfect, put another pipe in,Hand-work

(Jump out so a picture or two could be taken.  But don’t do it too often or the “Boss” will get upset for goofing off!)

Then…THANK HEAVENS FOR BIG MACHINES…Terry would start dumping the good farm soil back into the trench.  Here the  test is to make sure the dirt lands on TOP of the pipe, not on one side or the other causing it to roll.


A good job!  The pipe did not roll and we did not have to get back in and shovel off the dirt and re-align the pipe.


Thank goodness!


We had lots of help!

I guess you know what we are going to be doing the rest of today and the rest of this week.

Have a great Tuesday everyone!



14 thoughts on “Laying Pipe-Next Year Moving Water will be Great!

  1. As you said, thank goodness for the BIG MACHINES that help…. BUT–you all are doing the right thing it sounds.. Anything to help next year is good…. Sounds like a great idea!!!!

    Is it warm there like it is here? We were about 70 degrees here yesterday… Supposed to rain tonight and tomorrow. We need the rain —but I’d rather have some snow… ha ha



  2. No, you should not be doing all the work yourself. And, it has little to do with your age (maybe just a bit). It has to do with the fact that your time is worth something and sometimes it is cheaper to hire someone than to do it all yourself. I have to admit that JR and I are guilty of “doing all the work” ourselves when it would be better if we just hired someone. Plus, if this is a more efficient system then you shouldn’t have to be working so hard in the future. That is always a good thing, no?

    Nessa is happy to see that Fuzzy and Boomer are such big helpers.


  3. You live in the most beautiful place on Earth! I enjoy the photos of the sweeping valleys and mountain views. Farming in Western Colorado must be fascinating! Interesting when you talk about irrigation and other farming tools you use. I so enjoy the Dogs too! Our Daughter has a Beagle and a Basset Hound. “Smeagol” the Beagle is much like yours, always bringing a smile of joy to ones face. Our Daughter reads your blog too, because she loves your Dogs!!!!!! Keep up the excellent work!!!


  4. Yooohoooo! Linda! I’m moving this month to Colorado!! I will be waving to you from the Front Range!!! Hopefully, my only neighbors will be cows!
    Love your little helpers!
    Umm, about the camera. Monkeys kinda ate it. I will replace it soon enough…lololol!


  5. Your farming is a 365 day a year operation. I hope this makes it much easier. We are lucky that there is very little to be done in the winter. Some grain is hauled in the winter and some machinery repair done.
    I’ll bet you don’t want snow when you’re doing this job. Our ground would be frozen down about 2 feet now.


  6. Ah, time for the ‘stupid question lady’ to chime in.
    1. How does the water get directly into the rows between the plants now?
    2. How do you keep weeds/chaff that the water carries from getting into the lines once they are buried?


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