A Southwest Kansas entrepreneur has developed a concept that may be the key to extending the rapidly depleting water supply needed for irrigated crop production.
"The efficiency of a drip irrigation is simply greater than the efficiency of a pivot irrigation system, said Monty Teeter, founder and CEO of Teeter Irrigation Inc. "Dragon-Line™ is the most revolutionary system for watering since the pivot was invented. Simply put, it transforms pivot irrigation into drip irrigation.
Dragon-Line is a trademarked system developed by Teeter Irrigation that utilizes the patented PMDITM (Precision Mobile Drip Irrigation)* process and technology. DripNet PC tubing manufactured by Netafim is attached to the pivot and is dragged along the ground, thus the name Dragon-Line. The tubing utilizes 1 GPH pressure compensating emitters on 6 spacing. The emitters are fully operational at 6 PSI, self-flushing, and require 80-mesh filtration to ensure a long lasting system.
Dragon-Line provides increased efficiency through precision irrigation by specifically delivering water and nutrients directly to the area of soil where it can provide optimal plant growth. By applying water directly to the soil – not on the plant - Dragon-Line eliminates evaporation from the canopy, leaf burn from water and mineral precipitants, plant shock from sudden temperature changes, and reduces potential for disease to the plant. It also helps eliminate or reduce costly wheel track issues.
Dragon-Line systems are adaptable to both low- and high-profile crops in any row spacing, and can be used on almost any pivot or lateral move irrigation systems. They can also be combined with a conventional irrigation application package to provide germination, chemigation and fertigation.
"Our purpose at Teeter Irrigation is to make every drop of water count, Teeter said. "We're depleting our aquifer at a very fast rate. All of our livelihoods depend on water, so we need to implement a plan to
help conserve it. Dragon-Line can help fulfill that need.
For more information on how Dragon-Line can help your irrigated fields, visit www.dragonline.net to locate a dealer near you.