[Market-farming] Drip tape calculations

breck bcarden at breckinridgegroup.com
Mon Jun 9 22:22:13 EDT 2008

An inexpensive regulator worked well for me. I don't have any lines over
170'. I left some fish fert in my lines and two nights later coons (I think)
chewed on them and tried to drag them to the woods. I always remove the
siphon and continue to water for a while and haven't had the problem since

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Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Drip tape calculations

Our rows are 500' long. I have no idea what our water pressure is, since it
fluctuates so much. We are in a very rural area, and we are on the "city"
water. Our town is in the process of building a new water tower, and laying
new larger lines out this way. Anyway, with our row length we can water 6-8
rows at a time. We use low flow, 12" space drip tape. We have a shut off
valve on each line. This way, if we blow out a line, or just have a leak we
can shut if off to make repairs without having to turn everything off. We've
learned to open up more lines than we can really water well, just because
the pressure fluctuates so much. If we don't, and our pressure jumps up, we
start blowing out lines. And, if we are not around when it happens, we end
up creating a lake in the field! We are down line from the cattle sale barn
in this area, and they use a lot of water. If it is a sale day, we have poor
pressure. No sale, good pressure. A pressure regulator would of course solve
those problems, but... just another one of those things we'll get around to
some day! 
With our lack of pressure we have to run our drip lines nearly night and day
to get everything watered. And, the critters come out at night and chew on
the lines to get the water. More lakes in the field. 
It's raining today, so we get a break from the never ending watering and
fixing leaks. 
Perkins, OK

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