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2019 ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AWARD

Blue Sky Farms is proud to be recognized by the Florida Agricultural Commissioner with a 2019 Environmental Stewardship Award.  

Conservation Efforts

Traditional Irrigation

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Open Water Furrow


Every 60ft irrigated water seeps across the topsoil floating on the dense hard-pan beneath the earths soil.  This type of construction is effective but subject to evaporation loss and requires dedicating over 11% of land to irrigation furrow space.


Irri-Drain Systems - Figure: A

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Water Weir 


A modern system that retains water below ground with controlling level and fluctuation throughout the field along with the main drain pipes.

Irri-Drain Systems - Figure: B

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Irrigation Drain Lines


Smaller perforated lines installed every 30ft, fluctuates water where needed.


(Note the "Sock" covering the pipe, allowing water in and out with preventing sand from accumulating within the pipe.)

Preparation

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Installation

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Results

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Laser leveling the field with a predetermined slope, the installation goes in with placing the drain pipe just above the  hard-pan layer.


The Irri-drain pipe sock materials are distributed in large rolls and installed using a machine known as a trencher, which also aids in setting the correct measurements for the system.  In-return crops remain vigorously healthy and beautiful using less water with keeping nutrients intact and better structural-'zation of land, allowing more utilization of agricultural vegetative space.