Eurodrip USA Celebrates 20 Years of Serving the USA and Manufacturing Quality Dripline
Madera, CA– 2016 marks the 20th year that Eurodrip USA has been in business. On April 14, 2016 Eurodrip USA hosted a ribbon cutting anniversary celebration. “Its quite amazing to be standing here celebrating 20 years for Eurodrip USA,” Trevor Thorley, CEO said in his presentation. Members of the Madera and farming communities came out to celebrate their two decades of service. Included in the guests were Madera Mayor Robert Poythress, John Anderson; representative of Senator Cannella, Madera Chamber President Debi Bray, Johnny Tacherra; Republican Candidate for California’s 16th District, and valued customers came to show their support. Employees and guests mingled while enjoying cupcakes and some of the agricultural bounty that California’s Central Valley has to offer.
From Then to Now
Starting in San Diego, CA, Eurodrip USA moved to Madera, CA in 2005 to be closer to the heart of agriculture. Eurodrip USA manufactures drip irrigation tubing and provides drip system components. “Our product serves not only California and the USA but Canada and Mexico as well. So the community of Madera is reaching out to provide product to farmers all over the country and beyond,” said Lance Goldsmith, VP of Sales and Marketing. Drip irrigation is a method that allows water to drip slowly into the soil, either below or above the surface via a network of tubing, emitters, valves, filters, and pipes. Drip maximizes water and nutrient efficiencies, helping the environment and the farmer’s bottom line.
In the Community
Eurodrip USA has grown substantially since they first put down roots in the United States in 1996. They are a strong part of Madera, employing over 100 people, giving back to the community, and helping farms be more efficient with their water use. “Eurodrip has been a great community partner over the years,” stated Madera Mayor Robert Poythress. Eurodrip USA is currently going through an expansion period, hiring on more specialists to help with the increased demand of their products. They are active members in the Madera, Fresno and Tulare County Farm Bureaus and a partner to the farmers that they serve.
Roger Johnson SDI Grower Testimonial
Roger Johnson isn’t new to farming, he and his family have been farming in the Midwest for decades. Johnson’s first experience with subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) wasn’t until 2007. In 2007 Johnson converted his first 100 acres from flood (gravity) irrigation to subsurface drip irrigation and hasn’t looked back.
TROUBLE WITH FLOOD IRRIGATION
“Gravity irrigation was always feast or famine. It could be good at one end, but not good at the other,” Johnson explains.
Equal water distribution was just one of Johnson’s troubles with flood irrigation. Another issue was the length of time it would take for the gravity fed system to apply water to the opposite end of the field about ½ mile away. It could take three weeks to irrigate just 85 acres before Johnson made the switch to drip irrigation.
Johnson’s wells were also being maxed out using flood irrigation. On one system he was pumping 800 gallons per minute for the flood irrigation system. Now with drip irrigation, the same system is set to pump at 600 gallons per minute, greatly reducing his energy and water costs.
Water isn’t the only input that Johnson has been able to reduce. He used to apply nitrogen just once in the fall or spring. Now with drip irrigation Johnson can spoonfeed his crop by applying smaller amounts of nitrogen through his drip irrigation system three times a season, precisely when the crop needs it.
Even with reductions in water and fertilizer, Johnson is still seeing a large increase in his harvest. With the gravity system he was averaging 185 bushels per acre of corn, with drip irrigation he yielded 265 bushels per acre – a 43% increase!
LEADING THE WAY
Johnson’s success and early adoption to subsurface drip irrigation has impacted other growers in his community. It was apparent to his neighbors that subsurface drip irrigation was working and worth their investment too. Since Johnson’s system was installed, he estimates that 5 or 6 other systems also popped up.
Labor and maintenance is required for a subsurface drip irrigation system but Johnson describes the maintenance as “nowhere near as labor intensive as the gravity systems were.” Johnson believes his lasting success with SDI is due to his maintenance regimen, “Keep the system clean, use good filters, and flush regularly.”
Johnson’s experience with his first 100 acres of SDI has made it a simple choice to convert the rest of his acres to drip irrigation. “SDI is different, but you’ll like it,” he says with a smile. Johnson’s amazement at drip irrigation hasn’t changed with time. “You can turn on the water and go to the other end of the field and it is running. It’s amazing!”
Johnson also attributes his success with SDI to having a great system design, installation, and support from Western Irrigation/Multi-States Irrigation, an irrigation dealer based in Garden City, Kansas. Randy Wildeman, president of Western Irrigation, prides himself on the company’s commitment to quality and their long term relationships with the growers they support. Wildeman and his team are professionals who realize that water is a precious resource and businessmen who understand that the goal of a producer is to be profitable.
Western Irrigation is an authorized Eurodrip USA Dealer.