Finished!—Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Resetting-Pipe!Finally we are finished with all the gated pipe!  What a long job.  Although, to be fair we didn’t work at it steady, but here and there until the wind got to be too much or we got tired.

Blade-and-Pipe

Then we would stop and go work on something else.  Blade helped us lots.  A thirteen year old boy really is a big help.

Moving-PipeThank heavens for 4-wheelers!  To have to carry… by hand… all those pipe would have been over-whelming, although, when we started out farming Terry and I DID lay the pipe by hand.

More-PipeAnyway, Thankfully we are finally done with the pipe.  NOW next step is to mark out the alfalfa, clean the cement ditch, lay out the siphon tubes and start water!  Once the water is started it won’t be turned off until harvest.

Complete

Twice a day every day (more times, if the water is short) we will change the water.  Terry says moving water is just like milking a cow…twice a day no matter what! 🙂

Your friend on a western Colorado Farm,

Linda

 

 

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27 thoughts on “Finished!—Tuesday, April 7, 2015

    • Me too. We have three places where we use the gated pipe…to have one stick or many break is a huge job to fix one. And the broken one always seems to be in the middle somewhere. 🙂

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    • Here…anyway! Other places pump from the under ground aquifers or rivers and use over-head sprinklers. Here we use the same water over and over until it hits the river.

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  1. They are a solid type but easily moved plastic variety of piping for this water, aren’t they?
    I’m sorry I have forgotten.
    I can’t remember either if you store them but that doesn’t seem logical after each
    crop!
    So what actually happens to these pipes once they are put in place?
    Can they be used again?
    Replacing on a yearly basis would seem to be a bugger of an expense!
    Yes I can see that Blade would be a bloody good help for Terry.
    Now fingers crossed for that co-operative weather, eh?
    Cheers
    Colin
    PS; Getting cooler here – nothing like what Colorado cool is like,
    thank God, ha ha!
    Bright and sunny morning – 7.00 am Wednesday 8th.

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    • They stay there year round. But sometimes the cows find out its fun to walk on the pipe and kick it. When they do the pipe break if they are old…everything gets brittle over time…it seems. Of course its always a pipe that is hard to get too.

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  2. Wow – that looks like a big job. My back hurts even if I just do a little yard work so I’m impressed by how hard that all must have been! Yes, good to have a 13 year old boy around! 🙂 I could use one of those every once in a while.

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