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Montana farmer-stockman. [volume] (Great Falls, Mont.) 1947-1993, July 01, 1951, Image 18

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Sprinkler System Makes
Good Farm Better
By JERRY LESTER , Roving Reporter
tem is helping make the good Angus
farm of Ernest Spatzierath, Broad
water county, even better. To him
it means bringing into production an
additional 260 acres of gopd land,
using only 1/3 as much water, elim
inating soil crusting, and being sure
of seed germination, among the many
The Spatzierath sprinkler system
is in two identical units. Each one
includes a motor and pump mounted
on a rubber tired trailer. The diesel
motors used develop 38 to 40 h. p.
each. The pumps will develop 34 to
36 pounds pressure. Each system has
a quarter-mile of main line pipe and
a quarter-mile of sprinkler pipe.
There are 32 revolving head type
sprinklers that throw out about 8
gallons per minute.
1 There is another 4-wheel trailer
to haul the pipe from field to field.
The aluminum pipe is in 20-foot sec
tions and because of the light weight,
two sections are moved at a time in
the field without uncoupling. The
sections are hooked together with
no-stoop, quick couplers. One man
can move the pipe down the field to
a new setting in about one hour.
The system was delivered in July
of last year and used on about 360
acres of land. Late irrigation was
given 100 acres of beets and 260
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Two heel harvesters seen at work at
the Spatzierath farm. Mr. Spatzierath's
three sons. Max. Kurt and Fritz were
handling the two harvesters and truck.
They can harvest 6 acres a day with
the two machines working from 10 to
11 hours.

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One of two identical diesel motor-pump units used with sprinkler systems at the
Spatzierath farm. These units take water from main supply ditch that in turn
k filled by a pumping unit on the Missouri river. (MF-S photos)
systems were obtained, the regular
ditch supply often got low at em
barrassing times. Now he doesn't need
to bother neighbors or himself with
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A few of the fine registereo Anjas
calves seen last fall at the Spatsieralh
farm in Broadwater county. Both cows
and calves were showing benefits from
extra pasture made possible through
two sprinkler irrigation systems pur
chased last summer.
acres of pasture. When once set up,
the systems were used night and
day during the dry periods.
No Crusting. Less Water
According to Spatzierath, there is
no crusting of the soil surface as
with furrow irrigation. And he be
lieves that gravity irrigation would
use three times as much water as the
new sprinkler system uses.
Germination of beets, grain or any
crops on the place is a cinch with
rain when it's needed. About 260
acres of land can now be irrigated
that was beyond the ditches. Irriga
tion water is available the year
around by pumping from the river.
S Before the pumping and sprinkler
Ernest Spatzierath demonstrates quick
couplers on the lightweight aluminum
sprinkler pipe used with his two
sprinkler systems.

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