FRESNO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--High elevation, unrelenting winds, extreme temperature fluctuations, minimal rainfall and the reliance on Rocky Mountain snowmelt as the primary source of water make farming in Colorado’s semi-arid High Plains region a considerable challenge for many growers. As the region’s farmers are forced to pursue every available drop of water for irrigation purposes, a new video released by Netafim USA tells the story of one major Colorado producer who has embraced drip irrigation technology as a solution for maximizing the growth, yield and profitability of his crops.
Named the 2015 Farmer of the Year by Precision Agriculture, Rod Weimer, a farm manager at Eaton, Colorado-based Fagerberg Produce, is extremely familiar with the challenges of maintaining a profitable and sustainable operation along Colorado’s harsh Front Range. In 1998, Fagerberg Produce doubled-down on their commitment to sustainable agriculture when they became the first Colorado farm to install a subsurface drip irrigation system. But, Weimer admits the decision to install SDI was not an easy one and came with concerns.
“I really wasn’t concerned that Netafim drip irrigation would fail, I was more worried about me failing it. I had no clue how to turn a computer on back then,” said Weimer. “But after the first couple years, we started learning more, and what it was like to run it on our farm and not somebody else’s farm, and we took off from there.”
Now, nearly two decades later, Weimer has expanded the farm’s use of SDI and Fagerberg Produce has become a model of sustainability. “I love every day of getting up and coming to work, it’s not the same process we used 20 years ago,” he says. “Netafim drip irrigation has made farming fun.”
Fagerberg Farms has a four crop rotation primarily of corn, beans, wheat and onions, and years of drought in Northern Colorado would have eventually forced the farm to fallow a portion of the ground. Instead, Weimer’s decision to install SDI has allowed the farm to increase acreage and grow more products while reducing water and fertilizer usage.
“We’re averaging 30 percent less water, we’re using 30 percent less fertilizer, our yields increased by 20-30 percent and our quality actually got better,” he says.
More on Rod Weimer’s story and his experience with Netafim subsurface drip irrigation is available by visiting Netafim USA’s YouTube channel or at the following link: Netafim Drip User is Farmer of the Year.
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Netafim USA, based in Fresno, Calif., develops and manufactures drip irrigation systems for agriculture, landscape & turf, greenhouse & nursery, mining and wastewater. Netafim offers an extensive range of irrigation solutions including driplines, filters, sprinklers, valves, water meters and automation equipment for complete dripline system installations. For more information go to www.netafimusa.com.