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Blackhills Provides Ultimate Challenge for WaterForce

Blackhills Provides Ultimate Challenge for WaterForce

Farming with water is a lot less stressful than farming without it, so Craig Blackburn jumped at the chance to join the Central Plains Water Scheme in 2013. Blackhills Station, a 400ha beef and cropping farm, sits on the northern bank of the Rakaia River. But with two steep terraces and 130m of...

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Helicopter brought in for Port Hills water storage installation

Helicopter brought in for Port Hills water storage installation

Canterbury’s Port Hills provided some unique challenges for WaterForce who were asked to supply and install four large water tanks on its steep slopes overlooking Christchurch.   The 25,000 litre tanks were required to provide extra storage for the city’s Victoria Park...

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Pukekohe cropping company installs new centre pivot irrigation and fertigation system

Pukekohe cropping company installs new centre pivot irrigation and fertigation system

Jason Thomas of ST Growers had a landowner with a 110 hectare block of land available for growing potatoes and they needed an irrigation solution that included less labour input and even watering and fertigation. The company, along with land owner Peter Scott, approached the Tauranga branch of...

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Overhead water frost protection

Overhead water frost protection

Overview - WaterForce were employed to design, supply and install this water frost protection system for protecting intensive apple plantings from spring frosts. Design considerations - the pump system had to handle a well that was flowing during the winter (positive artesian) but dropped off...

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EcoPump for effluent irrigation on 900 cow West Coast dairy conversion

EcoPump for effluent irrigation on 900 cow West Coast dairy conversion

The Parsons family have recently converted 250ha of their Waitotara property into dairy production.  This year they will milk 700 cows and aim to increase to 900 cows over the next two years.  Currently 110ha of the dairy platform is irrigated using two Valley centre pivot irrigators...

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Taparewa Telemetry - Soil Moisture, Field Temperature and Pulse Water Meter

Taparewa Telemetry - Soil Moisture, Field Temperature and Pulse Water Meter

Project overview - to provide two independent soil moisture monitoring sites, with one also providing soil temperature data.  To also supply and install a new pulse output water meter together with diaphragm pump for fertigation purposes.  All data from both soil moisture sites and the...

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Heinz Watties Ltd - Centre pivot development

Heinz Watties Ltd - Centre pivot development

Heinz Watties Ltd contracted WaterForce to develop a high level irrigation system for one of the Hawkes Bay lease blocks.  The block was previously run as partial cropping/partial sheep grazing by the land owner with Heinz Watties Ltd running contract crops through the block. For the 2011...

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Canterbury Grasslands Ltd

Canterbury Grasslands Ltd

Canterbury Grasslands is situated 60km west of Christchurch near the small rural community of Hororata.  The property of over 2000ha, borders 6km of the Rakaia river and is made up of steep terraces through to flat easy contour.  Formally a dry land sheep/beef farm, with the introduction...

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Valley VRI in action - courtesy of Valley Irrigation (Leaders in Precision Irrigation)

Valley VRI in action - courtesy of Valley Irrigation (Leaders in Precision Irrigation)

Click here to see a Valley Variable Rate Irrigation system in action. Courtesy of the Valley Irrigation YouTube...

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Southland Farm Installs Solar Powered Pumping System

Southland Farm Installs Solar Powered Pumping System

North Range Farm in Northern Southland engaged WaterForce to install a solar powered pumping system in early December 2009.  North Range Farm had grazing restrictions on parts of their farm due to inadequate water supply for stock during dry periods.  Power and diesel had been priced as...

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Frost protection & irrigation for Bay of Plenty kiwifruit orchard

Frost protection & irrigation for Bay of Plenty kiwifruit orchard

Bruntwood farms approached WaterForce in July 2010 for a frost protection, irrigation and monitoring system from an existing but new 10” Bore. The design and pricing was completed by Mark Hill and the project managed by Alistair Bell with completion December 2011.   Bruntwood...

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Irrigation solutions for South Island Dairy Farm

Irrigation solutions for South Island Dairy Farm

System overview: Maheno - Timaru The Maheno Farms Ltd (MFL) system has several specifically developed features to assist in easier on-farm operations while aiming to make use of the valuable resources they have available. Irrigation solutions: 1) Water meters have been is installed in...

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Full Farm Conversion in Mid Canterbury

Full Farm Conversion in Mid Canterbury

Crenlea Ltd and their consultants (McFarlane Group) worked with WaterForce to create a farm layout design where the trace of irrigation applications and nutrient management were key, while still maintaining a manageable farm operation.  The Lismore soils on the Crenlea farm have a low water...

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Eric Watson - A WaterForce telemetry and system monitoring solution

Eric Watson - A WaterForce telemetry and system monitoring solution

Telemetry and monitoring in action Eric Watson is a leading farm innovator in the Mid-Canterbury region, having been recognised, along with his wife Maxine, as the Lincoln University/Rabobank farmer of the year for 2006. Eric has installed some of the first linear move irrigators in the country,...

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Travelling irrigators boost dairy pasture growth in Blenheim

Travelling irrigators boost dairy pasture growth in Blenheim

Project Description:  To design and install an irrigation system to provide the daily water requirements for 100 hectares of pastoral dairy land. To provide a new Pump Station and underground mainline to operate two travelling irrigators (one existing machine and one new Ocmis RV5).  Also...

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Oceania Dairy - Waste Water

Oceania Dairy - Waste Water

Industrial wastewater often contains large concentrations of nutrients and chemicals so an effective dispersal system is a crucial piece of infrastructure that every factory must have. Oceania Dairy’s new processing factory in Glenavy, South Canterbury, is a great example of what can be...

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Willowcliff - How to ensure your pumps start first time

Willowcliff - How to ensure your pumps start first time

When you push the “start” button at the beginning of each irrigation season, you want your pumping stations to start – and continue running – without a fuss. Unfortunately, there are pumps right across the country which require daily monitoring and frequently cut...

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Looking for improved performance or flexibility from your existing machine

Looking for improved performance or flexibility from your existing machine

Farmers and their staff are too busy to waste precious time tending to their irrigation system – fortunately irrigation technology has come a long way. North Otago farmer Merv McCabe runs a busy agricultural contracting business and was frustrated by the time it took to manually shift his...

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How much time does your irrigation system soak up?

How much time does your irrigation system soak up?

Ashburton arable farmer Adam Wilson knows irrigation is a game of hours. How many hours the water is on (or off, if his pumps unexpectedly cut out), can have a dramatic effect on the growth of his crops and consequently his bottom line. “Those hours all add up in the growing...

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