Author: Woofter Construction

The Importance of a Proper Irrigation System

commercial Irrigation services company kansas

Water is essential to life, but getting water to where it’s needed isn’t always an easy task. Modern advancements in irrigation allow farmers and agricultural workers to supply water to their land directly and efficiently water their crops. While the importance of watering your plants isn’t overlooked, other vital aspects of commercial irrigation systems are more understated. We’ve listed some of these not-so-obvious aspects that highlight just how important a good irrigation system is to your operation below.

Irrigation Systems Benefit You In Multiple Ways

  • Irrigation makes multiple croppings a year possible. In places that are more prone to be affected by seasonal rainfalls and droughts, an irrigation system can make it easy to regulate how much water your crops get, enabling you to grow year-round without waiting on the rainy season.
  • Seeds can’t take root and grow in dry soil. Seeds need to detect moisture in the ground before they begin the germination process. An irrigation system ensures that the soil in question is always at the perfect moisture level to induce the sprouting of seedlings.
  • Irrigated land is more productive than non-irrigated land. Agricultural studies have shown that crop yields are significantly higher in crops that have been professionally irrigated, as opposed to rainfed crops.
  • Irrigation systems reduce the effects of droughts and irregular rain. This is especially useful in historically dry areas like parts of the Western and Midwestern United States where droughts and wildfires are a serious issue.
  • Irrigation helps ensure more consistent distribution of nutrients, hydrogen, & oxygen to your roots. Making sure that the appropriate levels of each are present in your soil fosters better yields.
  • Cooling the ground and atmosphere via irrigation creates a suitable environment for crop growth by preventing your soil from drying out as quickly.
  • Properly installed irrigation systems dilute salt and chemicals in the soil that are counterproductive to healthy crop growth.
  • Soft-land is easier to plow than hard land. Using an irrigation system helps soften the soil pan for tilling, making your life easier and less stressful.

Commercial Irrigation Systems from Woofter Construction

If you’re looking for a construction company that can provide you with professionally built commercial irrigation systems for your property, then Woofter Construction is here for you. For nearly 30 years we’ve been providing watering and irrigation solutions to fit growers’ unique needs and we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality service in the area. Give us a call at (785) 462-8653 or request a quote today to inquire about purchasing your own commercial irrigation system!

6 Benefits of Wind Turbine Installation

6 Benefits of Wind Turbine Installation

With advances in technology and increased awareness in regards to green energy sources and their capacity to provide clean and reliable power to our homes and businesses, wind turbines have been on the rise in popularity. In rural areas with lots of open space, many farmers and ranchers are realizing the benefits that come from having a wind turbine installed on their property.

Wind Turbine Advantages

1) No Pollutants

Wind energy generates electricity that is clean and free of the harmful chemicals that are found in traditional non-renewable resources like petroleum and fossil fuels. Wind power is a clean energy source, which means fewer greenhouse gases and emissions when compared to other methods of generating electricity.

2) Inexhaustible Resource

Did you know that wind energy is actually a form of solar energy? Because of this, as long as the sun’s radiation unevenly heats the Earth, hot air will continue to rise and cool air will move to fill the void. This movement is considered kinetic energy and can be harnessed via turbine technology.

3) Cost Competitive

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “The average levelized price of wind power purchase agreements signed in 2013 was approximately 2.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, a price that is not only cost competitive with new gas-fired power plants but also compares favorably to a range of fuel cost projections of gas-fired generation extending out through 2040.” It’s clear that power generated from wind energy is comparative in cost to other methods of generating electricity.

4) No Water Consumption

Since they rely on the kinetic energy we talked about above, wind turbines don’t need water in order to operate (unlike electricity generated at a power plant). Researchers at the American Wind Energy Association claim that wind energy in the power industry is directly responsible for saving 60 billion gallons of water in 2014, and that trend is only expected to rise.

5) Low Operation Costs

Once the initial manufacturing and installation processes have been completed, the cost to upkeep a wind turbine is usually lower than you may expect. Since there are no fuel sources, there is no incurred cost associated with the upkeep aside from regular preventative maintenance, which is a fraction of the cost of your initial investment.

6) Energy Savings

One of the best wind turbine advantages is saving money on energy costs. While they are a larger initial investment, installing a wind turbine will save you money on power costs in the long run by allowing you to plug into your own grid and use the power you’ve generated for yourself.

Take Advantage of Wind Turbine Benefits with Woofter Construction

As a result of years of hard work, our team has established themselves as experts when it comes to wind turbine installation. Let Woofter Construction help you get started with the installation and construction process today!

How Preventative Maintenance Helps Eliminate Issues

Before the planting season begins, it’s essential to perform an inspection of irrigation equipment to ensure it remains operational and efficient throughout the growing season. Potential issues with farm irrigation systems include:

  • Center pivot irrigation pipeline is experiencing a detachment of its sprinkler and creating a geyser.
  • When sprinklers no longer rotate or begin rotating uncontrollably.
  • Pump water levels are declining, which results in pressure and system flow rates inadequately matching the equipment’s design.
  • Boots, gaskets, and other seals experiencing leakage.
  • Nozzles or pressure regulators are becoming plugged.
  • If there’s too much distance between the sprinklers, that wide gap will cause plants not to receive water.
  • Pressure regulators are failing.

What Do These Problems Mean for Irrigation?

If these problems continue persistently, they can result in too much water flowing in some areas and too little at others. Therefore, it’s vital that water uniformity checks occur periodically to ensure flows are adequate. Otherwise, if minor system problems remain and continue going without detection, they can result in a significant reduction in yields.

What Preventative Measures Can Farmers Use?

Because an irrigation system is such a significant investment, it doesn’t hurt for farmer’s to know pump and motor maintenance. In doing so, they’ll increase the efficiency and lifespan of these components. The first step is to examine the manufacturer specifications regarding coolant, filters, oil, and spark plugs. The next step is to ensure the bolts securing the motor remain tight. Finally, these subsequent maintenance procedures, conduct the following:

  • The centrifugal pumps should have free movement
  • Gaskets should have tight seals
  • There shouldn’t be any leaks
  • Adequate support should be available for piping and pumps
  • There should be sufficient lubrication

What About What Distribution and Treatment?

It isn’t uncommon for preventative maintenance to extend to the need to modify irrigation water distribution. It’s possible to achieve this goal by adding chemicals, filtering, and reducing pressure. In doing so, farmers may find that their filters are undergoing a biological, chemical, or physical blockage. Each of these blocks prevents sufficient water distribution, which results in the pump experiencing a more massive load. Therefore, screens should have checks and cleanings regularly to prevent sediment or other substances from building up. If pressure regulators begin wearing out over time, they could be experiencing damage and should undergo an inspection. These inspections may reveal cracks in diaphragms or tears in hoses. It’s possible to diagnose problems by using pressure gauges directly down or up-stream of filters.

What Should Growers Do at the End of the Season?

Just as the beginning of the season is essential for maintaining irrigation pivots, so is the end. It’s at this point growers should be looking for how their water distribution patterns are occurring and if remedies need to happen. Additionally, lines should experience cleaning and flushing to ensure they continue working optimally. If the grower’s region calls for winter leaching to occur, this is also the optimal time for setting that up.

Choose Woofter Construction & Irrigation for Your Irrigation Systems Maintenance

Seeking more information regarding the maintenance of your pivot irrigation system? Are you ready to implement a regular systems maintenance schedule? Contact our experts at Woofter Construction & Irrigation at (785) 462-8653 or contact us and we’ll guide you through the best options for your maintenance, as well as future repairs.

How Can Proper Ventilation from Agricultural Fans Save Your Grain?

All the hard work you put into storing your grain can be wiped out without proper ventilation. Agricultural fans keep air circulating so that heat and moisture are controlled, preventing deterioration of your grain and your livelihood. For grain to be properly stored, it needs to be in an environment where heat and moisture are reduced and ventilation is essential to achieving this.

When storing the grain you’ve brought in from a harvest it’s vital that it stays dry in order to remain fresh and make it to market. Low- and high-speed fans help to ventilate the storage area so that grain can stay dry and healthy. Benefits of agricultural fans for grain storage include:

  • Humidity control
  • Excess heat removal
  • Prevention of diseases and pests
  • Increase in fresh carbon dioxide
  • Energy savings

Let’s take a look at each of these reasons so you can see why agricultural fan ventilation helps improve your grain storage.

Humidity Control

A lack of, or excess in, humidity does more than increase the possibility of rot with your grain. It can also foster the development of diseases and pests. When so much grain is stored together, humidity increases. Fans decrease the moisture by blowing off some of the water, helping to keep grain dry. Controlling humidity benefits grain storage and makes sure your stores stay happy and healthy.

Excess Heat Removal

Just like your farm animals need to stay cool in warm conditions to be happy and healthy, so too does your grain. Heat can naturally build up while your grain is sitting in the silo, and this heat from can negatively impact the quality of your product. Fans decrease the negative impact of heat built up through storage.

Prevention of Rotting, Diseases, and Pests

Humidity is a pest’s or disease’s best friend. This is because it creates exceptional growing and breeding conditions for threats like mold, fungus, mildew, and spider mites. Besides the benefit of agricultural fans drying up surface areas, the breeze from the fan makes it difficult for insects to take up home in your grain stores.

Energy Savings

When your grain suffers due to a lack of ventilation, or the temperature gets too high, it takes more energy to return your storage unit to the proper climate. Agricultural fans create an ideal environment that lessens environmental impact while providing more savings on energy and costs.

How to Improve the Air Quality Circulated by Agricultural Fans

Not all air quality brought into a grain storage facility is created equal. Poor air quality that’s circulated through agricultural fans may even increase the amount of fungi, mold, and pests on your grain. That’s why only agricultural fans paired with effective supply fan covers, perforated ducts, clamp bands, and end caps that are properly designed for your unique grain storage units should be used.

You can control the amount of energy you’re using with your fans by choosing between low-volume, high-speed fans or high-volume, low-speed fans in a variety of configurations. If your grain storage experiences any breeze or natural ventilation, that will also affect the correct placement and volume of ventilation. Improper agricultural fan sizing or location can negatively impact grain storage. Ventilation will need to be adjusted as seasons change to continue providing the best benefits.

If you’d like more information on how to improve the agricultural fan system you’re currently using or how to add agricultural fans to your farm, contact Woofter Construction to request a quote for agricultural fans. Find out more how you can best store your grain and make sure you provide the best possible product.

What is a Pivot and Why Do I Need It?

What is a Pivot and Why Do I Need It?

Deciding which of the many farm irrigation systems to rely on for your irrigation needs is one of the most important decisions you’ll make as a farmer. There are many factors to consider when choosing the right option for your farm.

You need to consider the type of crop you’re planting, fuel cost and availability in your area, the initial cost of setting up your system, labor requirements, the size and shape of your land, and your water source. At Woofter Construction & Irrigation, we can help you make the call.

If you determine that a pivot irrigation system is an investment that will benefit your farm, we sell and service pivot irrigations systems for every field type.

But first, let’s go over some basics.

Pivot Basics

So exactly what is a pivot? A pivot irrigation system is a mechanized irrigation machine. And depending on your field type, there are several different types of machine designs.

A center pivot irrigation system, for example, is an irrigation system that irrigates the field in a circle around a pivot point. This is designed to work best in a round or square field. It’s made up of a pivot point, a control panel, drive unit, tower box, span (the long pipes between pivots), and the last regular drive unit.

The center pivot irrigation system is the most common. However, it’s not the only option. There are additional types of pivots including the corner pivot irrigation system and the geolateral pivot irrigation system. Like the center pivot, the corner pivot offers uniform application but reaches those hard-to-get areas of a field. The geolateral pivot is designed for underutilized and irregularly shaped fields.

Benefits of Pivot Irrigation Systems

Installing a pivot irrigation system has many benefits. Pivot irrigation systems allow water to be delivered to crops in a targeted way. Water is delivered to plants on a regular basis, and you determine how much and how often plants are watered.

Pivot irrigation uses low-pressure application. This means less water is wasted compared to other methods of irrigation. This ultimately saves water while reducing your energy costs and your impact on the environment. And energy costs aren’t the only savings. Installing a pivot irrigation system also reduces the cost of labor since time spent working in the field is decreased. And as you cut down on time in the field, you’re actually able to increase your yields! Our pivot irrigation systems are low-maintenance, high- quality, and are backed by the Zimmatic by Lindsay warranty.

Call Woofter Construction & Irrigation today to discuss any questions you have about farm irrigations systems and to see which pivot irrigation system is right for your farm. Woofter sells both new and used farm irrigation systems to allow for budget-friendly options.

Local Farmer, and Woofter Construction Customer, Featured in The Wall Street Journal

Local Farmer, and Woofter Construction Customer, Featured in The Wall Street Journal

The doors to Woofter Construction & Irrigation opened in 1978. That means for nearly forty years, we’ve been dedicated to helping farmers and business owners find solutions that keep their operations running smoothly, allowing them to grow and thrive.

One of those farmers, Lon Frahm, located in Colby, KS, was recently featured in a Wall Street Journal article. Woofter Construction is proud to have played a part in Lon’s farming operation, having furnished his grain storage bins.

In the video that accompanies the WSJ article, Mr. Frahm mentions his grain storage system, pointing out that two of his grain storage bins hold 600,000 bushels each and the two new ones hold 385,000 bushels each. In the video, he shared that a lot of his competitive advantage is the grain system, which enables them to also function as elevators.

Dedicated to Custom, Quality-driven Solutions

At Woofter Construction & Irrigation, we offer a wide range of expert services to Kansas, the surrounding area, and to farmers and business owners like Lon Frahm. It is our mission to provide unparalleled service and high-quality, long-lasting solutions throughout our mid-western communities.

We know that every farm is unique. That’s why Woofter strives to design custom solutions, specifically designed for you, whether it’s for your grain storage system or another project you have for us.

Consider us for all of your agricultural, irrigation, or commercial construction needs. In addition to grain storage solutions like the grain bins furnished for Lon Frahm, we offer many other expert services. These include the following:

  • Millwright parts. If you need to purchase parts for your system, we sell high-quality motors, augers, spouts, tube heads, and tube extenders.
  • Fans. We sell and install AG fans as well as the parts you need to handle small tune-ups.
  • Construction parts. Need parts for your next commercial project? We’ve got you covered for everything, including rebar, rebar ties, and stone.
  • Millwright services. We can disassemble, move, re-assemble, and install your heavy equipment according to specifications then calibrate to ensure it’s functioning properly.
  • Wind turbines. Woofter offers hassle-free installation.
  • Crane services. Woofter is proud to have a 40-ton boom truck and multiple cranes. Hire us or rent a crane from our Colby location and DIY.
  • Concrete work. Learn more about our interior or exterior concrete work with unmatched attention to detail.
  • Pivot sales and service. We sell and service both new and used pivots.
  • AG irrigation parts. Find an assortment of wheels and PVC pipes.
  • Commercial buildings. We have a network of resources and experts ready to take on any commercial project you have.

Ready for the Future

Woofter Construction & Irrigation is proud of its history and is committed to continual growth. We are constantly striving to improve our services, our resources, and our network to meet the demands of today’s agricultural, irrigation, and commercial industries.

We’re heading into the future, keeping an eye on new trends in technological advancement while always maintaining our commitment to our communities.

Have questions? Call Woofter Construction & Irrigation and talk to one of our experts today.

How Green Construction Is Becoming the Standard

commercial Irrigation services company kansas

More and more people are getting on board with sustainable living every day, from recycling to driving electric cars to switching to solar or wind power, and every day we’re reminded of the need to approach the environment and our roles it in more consciously. We’re seeing this priority emerge in the commercial construction industry as well. There is a wide variety of certifications and designations that come with following greener building practices. More construction clients are now preferring green builders also. Why wouldn’t it be a focus? Commercial construction is a big industry with a big impact, leading builders to slowly transition to more sustainable building approaches that are changing the face of the industry more consistently. It’s likely it’s not too far into the future until greener methods are not just preferred, but the required norm. We’re already seeing this change as sustainable practices are becoming more cost-efficient, with many construction experts making this standard mainstream.

Here are a few ways we’re seeing green construction become the norm.

Local Resources

Shipping construction materials long distances takes time and money, and it makes a huge impact on the environment. Sourcing locally is becoming more common because it just makes sense. Why potentially throw off a schedule or budget when there are local materials available? This leads to networks of vendors being created in local communities to facilitate construction needs, which is another bonus.

Eco-Friendly Materials

As energy and building codes change, so does product inventory. Today, there is a wide variety of more environmentally friendly products and materials for designers and builders to choose from, like LED lighting and low-VOC paint and coatings. This makes it easy and affordable to choose a better option.

Pollution

Unless you’re used to construction sites, you would be amazed how much pollution they can produce, one of the biggest impacts the industry makes on the environment. Industry regulations now often require measures to better control things like soil erosion, water runoff, air impact, etc.

Recycling

This capability has improved dramatically over the years. It used to be that recycling what was left over on the job site was an inconvenient, time-consuming, often tedious project. Now, however, most dumpster companies include sorting and recycling materials as part of their rate. Many waste haulers also have other implemented systems that make it easy for builders to comply with exiting a project more sustainably, which makes proper recycling on job sites a standard operating procedure for more now.

Repurposing

Not only are more contractors recycling, they’re also repurposing, taking from one project what can be reasonably used for another. This is not only a win for the environment. It also has the potential to save clients a considerable amount of money. Done consistently, this can really go a long way.

 

These are just a few measures we’re seeing change the industry, and we’re sure the next ten years will see many more. A greener approach is what we at Woofter Construction are hoping to see as we navigate the changes we ourselves are able to make on our commercial construction projects. We’re excited to see how sustainable the industry can become to benefit both construction clients and the environment.

Increase Your Farmers Market Profits!

increase farmer profits Kansas

Farmers MarketVisiting the farmers market on the weekend has become quite trendy for many people over the last few years, as more and more people are caring about the food they eat and where it comes from. More people today are wanting a relationship with their local farmers and have questions about how their food is grown and how their farm operates. This is good news for farmers, and if you’ve tried your hand at selling at your local farmers market, you’ve likely seen a good amount of interest. At larger farmers markets, though, the customer base may be larger, but so is the competition. It’s important to stand out and make a good name for yourself if you intend to make bringing your crops to a market regularly, so we at Woofter Construction have a few tips for you to make the most of your experience and increase customer interest and, ultimately, your profits.

Get Better Success at Your Farmers Market

  • Keep an eye on the message your stand is giving off. Presentation is important. Look your stand over closely and keep it tidy and aesthetically inviting. Check it out before and during sale time to see how it looks from your customers’ perspective. Does it look clean? Does your supply look vibrant and varied? You don’t want it to look picked over and dull. Keep the energy up. Collapse tables and combine crops when you need to so areas of the stand don’t look sparse. The sparseness will actually make it look like you didn’t come with much rather than showing you had great success.
  • Keep up with the data. You’re going to the farmers market to make a profit, right? Track how much you’re making as you go so you can make decisions about that day and future visits based on real numbers.
  • Build a connection with customers. Stand out by having pictures of your farm or family, or make a custom sign with your farm name. Touches like this show your personality and make you memorable to customers. It’s inviting and warm, which makes them want to come talk to you. It’s also a good way to show what kind of farming you’re about, which also will draw people over.
  • Create a brand. That brand shouldn’t be poster board signs or attendants that look sleepy. Think about how you’re representing yourself.
  • Collect a contact list. This may seem tedious or obnoxious, but it’s an important business move. That’s what you’re there for, right? Business? So have a mailing list sign-up sheet at your stand and encourage passersby to allow you to stay in touch with them about what’s going on at your farm and what you’ll be offering at the stand. This way, you stay on their mind and they’ll look for you the next time they’re there.

How’s that to get you started? It’s also a good idea to get to know other vendors and who is in charge of the farmers market. Get a good relationship going so you can all help one another succeed rather than trying to go it alone. Ask vendors who aren’t your direct competition to recommend you when customers are looking for what they don’t have that’s on your table, and ask what’s worked for them in the past. With a little effort, farmers can see great success at the market and make steady profit. We hope these tips help!

Tips for Optimal Seed Treating

Wind Turbine Installation services kansas

agriculture irrigationEvery farmer’s dream is to look out at a robust, healthy field of crops, knowing the return will be just as healthy. Caring for crops is no small feat, as everyone in the agriculture industry knows. It involves quite a bit of math and science combined with years of trial and error and nurturing soil, seeds, and plants until you get it all just right. While the learning process is necessary and in a way never ends, you still want to get the best results you can the first time around, because your time is your money. That’s why we at Woofter Construction have some tips on seed treating to get the most out of your seed efforts and yield a large supply of vibrant crops in the years to come.

  1. Start with your equipment. There are many different types of seed treaters on the market, and a pressurized system often produces better results than a drip system. We at Woofter Construction recommend USC®  seed treaters. We carry a range of commercial, portable, tabletop, or u-batch seed treaters that are known for their quality, ease-of-use, and advanced capabilities to make your job easier and seed efforts go faster.
  2. Calculate the right rates. To do this, you’ll need to know the rate of flow of your seed and the flow rate of your treatment. Once you’ve figured this out, reference back to your desired treatment rate or combined rates. Adjust rates according to grain weight for better accuracy.
  3. Don’t neglect coverage. The amount of coverage you’re able to get is essential. If you’re not getting good coverage currently, try secondary mixing right after the treatment has been applied using an auger or conveyor.
  4. Keep an eye on the temperature. Temperature affects coverage. If external temperatures are fluctuating, recalculate your flow rate. Seed that is cold should also be warmed up before application. Frozen seed or trying to apply seed when temperatures are cold likely isn’t going to go well. You may end up with flash freezing of the treatment.
  5. Test your seed first. When done well, seed treatments can offer good control, but if you do a simple seed test before treating, you’ll know what to expect. A seed test, including a complete fungal scan, can help you decide if a seed treatment will provide enough protection. You may find out at this point that another seed source will be necessary.
  6. Have contact with system activity. To control diseases, you need to be in contact with system activity. Ensuring you use proper rates and get good coverage with the seed treatment that provides both is essential.

Check back frequently for more agricultural tips like these from Woofter Construction!

Why You Need a Commercial Building Construction Expert

commercial Construction Parts kansas

commercial building construction kansasWoofter Construction has proudly served the people of Kansas and beyond for nearly four decades, providing high-quality ag, irrigation, and commercial construction services performed by true industry experts. We consider the people of Colby and Leoti our neighbors, so we want to do right by them any time we can and make sure they get the results and service they’re looking for. At Woofter, we tend to not do anything small. Turbines, cranes, the first 1.1 million bushel GSI bin: we’re no stranger to working on large projects, and that goes for the commercial construction side of our business as well. Our team has been a commercial building construction partner since Woofter began. We’ve worked on a variety of large-scale projects over the years and developed a range of construction capabilities in the commercial arena. As a result, we know how important it is to work with a true commercial construction expert to ensure quality results for your project. Commercial construction is vastly different from other kinds and requires a specific skill set for the job to be done right.

How Is a Commercial Construction Company Different?

To be successful in the commercial construction industry, a commercial builder has to navigate a very specific set of parameters that differ greatly from residential construction. Not only is the size and scope of the project often significantly larger, but there are certain factors that can make or break your project if you don’t opt to work with a company that specializes in commercial building, including:

  • Building Codes. Commercial building codes, which are specific to their area, differ from residential codes and are strictly enforced. A commercial builder needs to have thorough knowledge of and a history of successful compliance with these code regulations in particular.
  • Equipment. The equipment used on commercial projects is vastly different from what you’d see used in residential construction. The equipment is a lot larger and more technically advanced, and must be expertly operated in high stakes situations.
  • Trades Teams. The kind of tradesmen a commercial builder uses on a commercial project have to be highly trained and experienced in working in this kind of environment. They must be knowledgeable about coding differences and capable of operating such heavy equipment.
  • Schedules & Budgets. Scheduling and budgeting on a commercial project is vastly different. Budgets are much larger, which takes an expert to maximize. Schedules involve more moving parts and can often be more hectic, since business owners want to get their doors opened as soon as possible. These two factors alone can derail a project if not handled correctly from the start.

Commercial construction is a different world from other operations. Working with a company who doesn’t consider commercial building a specialty can be a business choice that comes back to bite you. At Woofter Construction, we’ve worked on everything from truck stops to banks and offices, and our company safety record is one of the strongest in the region. Our crews arrive at your job site in professional company uniforms and are backed by a thorough knowledge of state-of-the-art equipment. Our time in the commercial building construction industry has given us the ability to call ourselves true specialists, and we’re always here to help bring your next commercial project to life, so when you need a reputable partner you can count on, give us a call.