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New booster irrigation pump likened by designers as "A better Mousetrap"

 

August 1, 2018

This photo from a farm west of Zurich shows a 270 foot wide section of a field of oats being irrigated with a gated irrigation system. Using a new booster pump to increase water flow, the farmer says he can get the required amount of water on the field about four times faster than simply relying on gravity flow. The pump was installed to let locals see how the new device works. Greg Skoyen is the local sales source for the new booster pump.

Greg Skoyen had a booth at the Blaine County Fair where he was displaying and promoting a recently designed gas-powered irrigation booster pump. The device basically increases the volume of water moving from an irrigation ditch through a gated system to a field. Skoyen put me in touch with the Billings-based designer and builder of the pump, Travis Kelsey, who sells specialized ag equipment.

Kelsey and his pump co-deigner Brad Kembel, a farmer, came up with the idea for the new pump after seeing a need for a better, cheaper and easier way to speed up getting water on to fields via gravity...



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