Imagine working nights, weekends and holidays in peak season, because your current irrigation system isn’t working properly and constantly has to be halted to manually flush the filters. Not only is it a waste of valuable time, it also has an effect on the crop yield. This was the situation in Israel’s Hula valley, home to many crops, orchards and fishponds, including pecan groves belonging to Kibbutz Sasa.
Manual Flushing Wasted Time, Manpower and Water
The 140-dunam pecan grove was being irrigated by a system comprising of two manual 3” filters. The irrigation pipes were very old and pieces of cement from the crumbling pipes were constantly and severely clogging the filters. This resulted in frequent and costly maintenance and cleaning.
The constant need to travel to the grove at night, on holidays, and weekends placed major demands on the grove manager’s time. In order to clean the filters, irrigation had to be halted for at least half an hour while the filters were manually flushed before completing the irrigation cycle. The downtime during cleaning resulted in additional expenses.
The Mini Sigma Solution
Following an onsite inspection to understand the challenges, Amiad recommended the Mini Sigma automatic self-cleaning filter and presented the solutions that it can provide, including lower water and energy consumption, easy installation and low maintenance, and advanced monitoring capabilities. The installation of the Mini Sigma resulted in the best irrigation season in at least 5 years.
Beyond the impressive time, water and manpower savings, the Mini Sigma enabled the grove manager to check the system performance data online, at any time to ensure the system was performing effectively. To find out more about how the Mini Sigma helped boost crop yield, read the full case study.