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5 Benefits of Our Wind Turbine Installation Services

More and more wind turbines are being installed all over the world, and it’s easy to see why. By converting the energy in wind currents into useable electric current, wind turbines create inexpensive renewable electricity. As the world continues to move away from fossil fuels and other polluting energy sources, renewables like wind, solar, and hydroelectric are growing more important every day. Woofter Construction & Irrigation specializes in building wind turbines across Kansas, offering our customers a proven way to get closer to energy independence. Here are the top five reasons why you should consider calling on Woofter to handle your wind turbine installation project.

1. An Easy Switch to Renewable Energy

The world is changing, and energy is at the heart of it all. Wind turbine technology has come a long way in the past few years, so it’s getting easier and less expensive to switch some or all of your energy consumption to this clean, renewable form of electricity. Plus, you can add turbines in stages, one at a time, if desired, to spread out your investment and ease the transition by making manageable steps. With Woofter’s wind turbine installation services, you get it all.

2. Zero Harmful Emissions

Unlike other forms of electricity generation, wind turbines produce energy without creating harmful emissions like carbon dioxide (CO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), heavy metals, or other greenhouse gasses. This makes wind power very clean and far less harmful to the environment than other more traditional forms of electricity production. As the world continues to move away from polluting energy production methods and toward clean, emissions-free sources of energy, wind power will be more and more important.

3. Long-Lasting, Low-Maintenance Operation

By nature, wind turbines have very few moving parts. They’re robust and reliable systems that are designed to deliver low-maintenance operation for a long time. When you install one of our modern wind turbines, you can expect it to provide off-the-grid electricity far into the future with minimal maintenance needs.

4. Return on Your Initial Investment

After the experts here at Woofter install your wind turbine, you’ll begin generating free electricity right away. You’ll enjoy lower energy bills as you supplement your grid-based power with the power your wind turbines are generating every day. In some cases, you could even sell excess electricity back to your power company at a profit. Plus, energy costs are rising and will probably continue to rise for a long time, so having a renewable source of power gives you more security and a better outlook. Add all of this together over the course of months and years, and you may be surprised how quickly your wind turbine might pay for itself.

5. Show Everyone Your Priorities & Sensibilities

Companies all over the world are “going green” as much for the environmental benefits as for the image boost. It’s important to convey the right priorities and character. Having wind turbines on your property is visible evidence that you’re forward-thinking and you value the environment. Anyone can say they care about being green and looking toward the future, but installing a wind turbine shows that you will walk the walk in addition to talking the talk. Back up your public persona and philosophies with proof everyone can see.

Choose Woofter for Your Wind Turbine Installation

Would you like more information about our wind turbine installation services? Are you ready to take the first step toward reducing your dependence on traditional forms of energy generation? We’re here to help! All you have to do to get started with us is call us at (785) 462-8653 or contact us today, and we’ll guide you through the wind turbine installation process.

Why Woofter is Your Go-to for Commercial Building Construction

Commercial Building Construction Kansas

Woofter Construction & Irrigation is proud to serve companies of all sizes across Kansas with the very best in commercial building construction. There are many builders in our state who offer commercial facilities of all sizes and types, so what makes Woofter the trusted go-to? It’s all about our unmatched experience, our excellent building crews, our cutting-edge equipment, and the top-tier level of customer service we’re able to offer. We put it all together to deliver the premier commercial building construction services available in the region, and we’re ready to serve any level of need. Keep reading to learn more about our approach to serving your commercial building needs.

Decades of Diverse Experience

The team at Woofter has been constructing commercial buildings throughout Kansas since 1978. That means we have nearly four decades of experience building everything from offices to hotels, banks, truck stops, and beyond. In that time, we have seen it all. A lot has changed when it comes to building commercial facilities, and we’ve been right in the middle of that change. Now, we’re using the latest, greatest building systems and techniques, so we can be sure we’re offering the best quality, functionality, and value for each customer.

The Best Commercial Building Construction Crews

In addition to our decades of commercial building experience, Woofter also offers you the best building crews in the area. Our company’s safety record speaks for itself, so you can be sure your job site will be neat, clean, and run with outstanding skill. Every member of our team is uniformed for easy recognition and will bring an unmatched work ethic to the job every day. We believe you should rely on a building team you really trust, so we’re committed to earning your trust from our first interaction through the completion of your building project and beyond.

State-of-the-Art Construction Equipment

The quality of your equipment is one of the biggest driving factors in your ability to build with quality and efficiency. Everyone knows that you need the latest, greatest tools to do the best job. That’s true whether you’re building a shed in your back yard or an enterprise-level office facility. At Woofter, we have a full fleet of company-owned equipment that we’re always expanding and updating. This means we are fully equipped to handle any commercial building construction project you could throw at us, anywhere in the Kansas area.

Superior Customer Service & Satisfaction

We believe that even the best commercial building company would be nothing without an excellent customer experience. Just take a look at our track record for repeat business, and you’ll see how our customers feel about their experience with us. Woofter takes pride in backing up our quality construction capabilities with the highest levels of customer service and satisfaction available in our area. Don’t settle for anything less than the very best! Choose our team for the utmost integrity and attention to detail no matter what your needs.

Get Started with Us Today

Are you ready to take advantage of our commercial building construction capabilities? We’re here to serve with distinction on projects of all sizes and scopes. All you have to do is visit our commercial building construction page for further information, and contact us or call us at (785) 462-8653 to tell us about your upcoming project and find out everything we can do for you.

Two Key Improvements You Can Make to Your Grain Storage System

Grain Storage System

The main goal of any large-scale commercial grain storage system is to deliver the most harvest efficiency possible. Even the perfect storage conditions can only keep grain from losing viability for so long, so getting the most return from a harvest is all about having the most effective systems in place. In addition to keeping grain at a proper humidity and temperature while ensuring cleanliness and avoiding contamination, there are two major ways to improve your grain storage system: building bigger bins and increasing grain fill rates for maximum efficiency and profitability.

1. Building Larger Grain Bins

Woofter Construction is a well-known leader in building large grain storage systems for our customers in the Kansas area. We even built the first 1.1 million bushel GSI grain bin here in our state, and it looks like the trend is to keep building bigger and bigger in the future. That’s because you can store more grain in less real estate with one large bin than you can with two smaller bins. It’s a more efficient use of limited space on your farm. We’re making it possible for local farmers to protect their grain on a larger scale using less space without sacrificing protection. A cutting-edge grain storage system allows for better quality and greater profit potential from higher efficiency and lower spoilage rates. As farms are producing more grain from the same field space, the need for cost and space-efficient storage systems will only continue to grow.

2. Using Faster Grain Fill Systems

The other key way to get more from your grain storage system is to increase the speed of your grain handling equipment for faster fill rates. As we’re building larger grain silos, we’re also able to fit larger conveyors that can move more grain in less time. Plus, modern grain handling systems are getting better all the time. Improving your efficiency in grain filling not only means spending less time moving grain, but it also allows for greater control over the storage conditions for improved overall quality and harvest yield. The faster you can get your grain into your storage bin, the sooner you can ensure its being stored in the perfect conditions to ensure freshness. It’s all about helping you protect your grain assets as efficiently as possible.

Get the Best Grain Storage System with Woofter

At Woofter Construction, we offer the latest technology and top-of-the-line equipment for your grain storage system. We’re capable of building the largest, highest-quality grain storage silos with the latest, greatest grain handling equipment available in the Kansas area. Ready to learn more? Just visit our grain storage systems page for further information, and call us today at (785) 462-8653 or contact us to get started. We’ll help you make sure your gran storage systems have the capacity and performance you need to maximize your success.

The 5 Farm Irrigation Options & What to Consider

Deciding on an irrigation system for your farm warrants serious consideration. Farm irrigation systems are a big investment, and it’s important to be knowledgeable before committing. Not all systems are created the same or even for the same purposes, so spend some time thinking about your unique needs and goals.

Consider:

  • type of crop
  • fuel cost and availability
  • initial cost
  • labor requirements
  • size, shape, and type of land
  • water source

Most agricultural irrigation systems fall into one of two categories: sprinkler systems or micro-irrigation systems. Once you’ve identified your requirements, there are five types of farm irrigation options to choose from between those categories. Below are our quick facts for each, as well as Woofter’s recommendation.

Linear Systems

  • self-propelled
  • laterally travel length of land
  • available in multiple models
  • easy to use and customize
  • offer low and high pressure
  • electrically powered
  • diesel-powered generator

Traveling Gun Systems

  • water gun sprays over crops along irrigation path
  • require high pressure
  • can be labor intensive
  • typically more affordable
  • good for use with irregularly shaped fields

Solid Set & Permanent Set Systems

  • stationary sprinklers
  • most useful with smaller square footage
  • portable systems require considerable labor
  • permanent systems are easy to use and customize
  • often have higher cost-per-acre than other systems

Micro-Irrigation Systems

  • available as drip or micro sprinkler
  • more expensive per acre
  • conserve water
  • can cater to individual plants (precise watering)
  • best for orchard crops and similar uses

Center Pivot Systems

  • self-propelled
  • irrigate in a large circle
  • effective for large areas
  • variety of nozzles and sprinkler heads
  • compatible with most crops
  • electrically powered
  • typically used on square or circular fields

 

Center pivot systems are undoubtedly the most common farm irrigation method used today. At Woofter Construction, we both sell and repair a range of new and used pivots. We offer center, corner, or geolateral Zimmatic by Lindsay pivots to take the best care of your land. Find out more on our website, or call us at (785) 462-8653 to ask us a question about our farm irrigation options.

Is Your Grain Storage Effective? Here Are 4 Ways to Be Sure.

Sustainable agricultural practices are becoming more and more important as the population of people to feed grows. The responsibility to adhere to high food-security standards is at an all-time high for those in the agricultural community. Without proper grain storage, grain deteriorates, wasting an array of resources. A proper grain storage system involves a bit of science and a commitment to prevention practices to ensure the grain remains healthy and safe. Woofter Construction has a few simple factors to consider when storing your grain.

Keep It Dry

Grain is absorbent. If exposed to a considerable amount of moisture for too long, it’s prone to growing mold, losing viability, and decreasing in quality. Ideally, grain that’s being stored two to three weeks should hold a moisture content of around 15% to remain safe, and the longer you plan to store it, the less you can get away with. If you’re storing grain for a year, aim for the 10-13% moisture-content range. It’s important to note that this is the case even if you’re using agricultural fans. Aerating grain only goes so far. If the moisture content gets too high, it won’t stop grain from spoiling in the long run. Be on the lookout for condensation, roof or sidewall leaks, hatches left open, etc., and definitely opt for a closed storage system.

Regulate the Temperature

Even if grain is cool and dry when going into storage, effective, ongoing aeration is still needed. It’s important to keep air flowing through your storage bin to maintain a safe temperature. Aeration helps prevent issues with condensation and insect infestation. Moisture can be deterred by keeping the grain within 10 to 15 degrees of the outside air temperature, and keeping temperatures at or below 60 degrees decreases the likelihood of insects setting up shop.

Consider Grain Condition

The quality of grain does not improve while in storage. It can only be maintained, at best. That’s why it’s best to make sure grain is in good condition going into storage if you want any hope of it storing well. We’ve got a few tips to make sure the incoming grain is set up for success. First, keep your storage bin clean inside and out, as well as around the perimeter. Clean harvesting and handling equipment also, removing old grain. Decrease grain damage by checking that your combine is adjusted accurately, and clean grain as it enters the bin by using a rotating grain cleaner. Be sure to cool the new grain as soon as it’s put into storage.

Check for Contaminants

In secure storage bins, insects aren’t typically an issue until you start storing grain for long periods of time, usually a year or more. To be safe, though, take precautionary measures to ensure you won’t have to worry about insects. Spray the inside of the bin with a safe, sustainable insecticide two to three weeks ahead of grain going in. As grain enters the bin, treat it with an approved insecticide, and treat the top after all grain is in and has been leveled.

 

We at Woofter Construction prioritize food security, and we recommend checking in on your grain weekly so you can spot changes and potential issues when they occur. Look for a crust forming on top of your grain, and be wary of new smells.

Woofter Construction’s grain storage bin systems are top of the line. We carry a diverse line of storage, drying, and handling equipment, and our grain silos are built to last. No size silo is too big for us. We even built the first 1.1 million bushel GSI bin! To find out more, visit our website, or call us at (785) 462-8653.

5 Hard-Won Lessons from the Construction Industry

A successful life doesn’t happen without learning valuable lessons, and neither does a successful construction project. Anyone who has worked in the construction industry can tell you that it’s far from easy. It requires patience, precision, and a high level of professionalism, and the stakes are high if you don’t meet the mark. A lot of construction lessons are hard-won, learned over years of making mistakes until it all comes together. We can all learn a lot from the field of construction, actually. The lessons learned in this industry carry over into life pretty easily, starting with these five.

Measure Twice, Cut Once

You don’t have to work in construction to be familiar with this saying. It’s one that’s been passed down for years. It’s literal meaning, of course, refers to measuring properly before cutting to avoid a potentially inconvenient or costly mistake. The larger meaning, though, suggests the importance of paying attention to the details, being present with the task at hand, and planning ahead. Not following this advice can have huge consequences for a construction project, but it’s one we all can learn from.

Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Doing Well

Most of us have heard something like this from our parents, and rightly so. If you don’t learn this lesson quickly in the construction industry, you can likely expect some very unhappy clients, if not worse. The stakes when working in construction aren’t to be taken lightly, and “good enough” doesn’t cut it. Skimping on materials, time, and labor, as well as cutting corners all do a disservice to you and the final product.

Learn by Doing

Construction is definitely an industry you want to be well-studied in, but the real experience comes from actually doing the work. It’s one thing to read manuals or watch someone else operate a piece of equipment or do an installation, but you’ll never master it or become confident in your abilities until you do it yourself successfully. The same can be said for retaining by doing. Just because you nailed it once, doesn’t mean you’re a pro for life. Keep practicing, and get to know your strengths, your weaknesses, and your equipment inside and out.

Respect the Craft

Well-respected construction teams are made of true craftsmen. Construction is both a science and an art, and to be truly good at it, you need to have the integrity to honor its rules and standards, especially when it comes to safety and quality. Quality and safety should always be your priority, and you should want to continue learning as much as possible about both. Respecting the craft also means respecting what others can teach you, as well as the crew you’re collaborating with. A lot of construction projects require a village, and if you don’t share the same value for the craft, it can turn into a circus quickly.

Communication Is Crucial

As with any relationship, proper communication on job sites is essential. There are a lot of people working on any given project, all with slightly different goals and challenges. Not consistently communicating openly and honestly can get everyone in a jam that could have serious consequences, even leading to someone getting hurt. Communication needs to be clear, direct, and prompt across the board to keep things running smoothly.

 

There’s a lot construction can teach us about life, and these lessons are key to managing both. It’s best if they don’t have to be hard-won, but better late than never. They’re certainly lessons we at Woofter Construction have learned, so you can bet you’re getting a team that understands the field when you’re working with us. To learn more about Woofter, visit our site or call us at (785) 462-8653.

3 Benefits to Renting Construction Equipment Instead of Purchasing

The U.S. is home to the second-largest construction market worldwide, but when it comes to smaller jobs, it doesn’t always make sense to hire an entire fleet of construction workers. Formaintenance work, small building, or concrete repair or laying, all you really need is one or two specialists who can operate the vehicle.

Many people believe that buying their own construction equipment is the best way to go, especially if they can anticipate needing it again in the future. But the reality is that the money spent on expensive equipment often goes to waste, as these construction jobs are not as frequent as expected.

Thats why renting crane services is often the way to go. Here are just three benefits of crane renting:

1. Cost efficiency

The rent versus buy debate is ever-present when it comes to determining cost efficiency in many industries. For some industries, buying does make sense. Farmers, for example, need plows and tractors. But unless you plan on using a pice of equipment every day until it doesn’t work anymore, renting equipment as needed is the most cost-effective way to perform construction work on commercial buildings.

Renting is best for those who only use equipment intermittently or for short periods of time, and can end up saving a company thousands of dollars (not to mention storage space).

2. Specialized Equipment

If you have a job to be done but don’t have the correct equipment, what are you left to do? When you commit to buying a crane, you may wind up using that crane for all projects, even though a different style may be more appropriate. Not all construction parts and equipment are created equally, and using the right equipment is imperative for safety and efficiency.

Instead of purchasing new pieces of equipment every time you need a specific job done, renting equipment guarantees that you have all of the necessary parts that are needed to perform the job.

3. Reduced Service Costs

When you choose to rent equipment, all maintenance and inspection costs are already taken care of by the crane rental company. These additional funds that you save can be allocated elsewhere, whether it be towards the project or saved for an unexpected cost in the future.

In addition to crane services, Woofter Construction and Irrigation Services also provides each job site with a certified operator for safety purposes and to eliminate the need for additional job training for your employees.

Agriculture Irrigation: 3 Sources of Water and Equipment Safety

agriculture irrigation partsRoughly 53.5 billion gallons of groundwater a day is used for farm irrigation from over 407,000 wells, making agricultural irrigation the largest use of groundwater in the United States.

Making sure that this water is safe, fresh, and healthy is critical for any agricultural producer. If improperly handled, water can transport dangerous microorganisms across any large agricultural area. It’s important to know how to identify the source of the water should any issues come up, and know when that water is contaminating your crops.

There are three sources of water found on farms that can all become contaminated in various ways.

Well Water

If there are any flood zones, cesspools, septic tanks, drainage fields, or manure storage areas nearby, water wells have a much higher chance of becoming contaminated with dangerous microorganisms. The wells are susceptible to harmful contaminants if they were not properly constructed or have been seriously damaged over time. It’s important to take a look around your wells and inspect their physical structure once in a while, but if they are properly maintained and properly sited, they can be a great source of healthy water for your farm.

Municipal Water

Potentially the lowest level of food safety risk, municipal water usually comes from the local water authority. If the water authority is experiencing issues themselves, which has been known to happen in certain areas, then the water will be at risk. But if the water authority is doing its duties and correctly adhering to the laws to meet the highest microbiological and chemical drinking water standards, it should be extremely safe.

Surface Water

This water source includes open springs, ponds, rivers, likes, and streams. This has, consistently, the highest level of contamination because it’s difficult to control what enters the water source. Animals often have access to these bodies of water and there is a chance that sewage discharge can enter the water and cause serious water contamination. Surface water should be tested and inspected much more regularly to fully ensure safety.

Another important aspect of agricultural producing is making sure safety precautions are being taken while using agriculture irrigation parts. Improper use of agriculture irrigation parts and equipment can cause serious problems not only to your property and equipment, but to yourself and anyone else in the area. Agricultural equipment parts should be taken care of from the moment they arrive and throughout their entire use.

Talk to Woofter today about farming safety and agriculture irrigation parts.

Importance of Agricultural Irrigation: 4 Irrigation Systems

agriculture irrigationThe average size of a U.S. farm is about 435 acres. To ensure that those farms remain healthy and profitable, it’s important for landowners to keep up with their property’s agriculture irrigation needs. In 2013, more than 229,000 U.S. farms with over 55 million acres were fully irrigated.

There are a few different types of agriculture affixation systems that can enable farms to stay productive even when rainfall is scarce or a water supply is too far away. Agriculture irrigation falls into four categories. Here are the farm irrigation systems that are used across the industry:

Sprinkler

Sprinkler irrigation is best used to water landscapes that have irregular shapes, sizes, and slopes. These aren’t your typical neighborhood sprinklers that kids run through, however; these are industrial-size, and range across acres of farmland to properly irrigate it. Agricultural land, in some areas of the country, can feel like a desert and can seem virtually moisture-free. Proper irrigation can improve the moisture levels throughout your entire property, improve crop production, and better your position within the agricultural industry.

Flood

Flood irrigation can be performed through furrow irrigation and graded border irrigation. Furrow irrigation uses water that is passed through specifically graded furrows down a slope. The entire system is aligned with an aboveground PVC pipe that has openings at each furrow to pass water through.

Graded border irrigation uses water that is passed down a narrow strip of land with high borders on each side. The water is then supplied at the highest part of the border on an underground pipeline and irrigates the land with valve and riser equipment.

Micro

Micro irrigation can still cover extremely large farm properties, but can also irrigate individual pieces of land at the property owner’s discretion. By using small, low-volume sprinklers, farmers can water individual acres, a small garden, a patch of trees, or — provided enough micro sprinklers are present — hundreds of acres of farmland.

Drip

Another smaller irrigation process, drip irrigation uses poly tubes to coat a small area, usually the root of the crop, with a light layer of water. By installing emitters on individual plants, trees, or crop, farmers can custom irrigate just about anything on their property. The actual drip system can be installed underground or aboveground to irrigate any specific agricultural object.

If you want to learn more about agriculture irrigation systems, or contact an experienced agricultural equipment part supplier, contact Woofter Construction and Irrigation today!

Off-Shore Wind Turbines Revolutionizing Industry

commercial concrete workAn off-shore wind farm in Rhode Island is the first of its kind.

According to NPR’s Marketplace, the first off-shore wind farm in the U.S. is almost finished. Just off the shore of Rhode Island, this project has seen plenty of opposition over the years. But this project, which actually started as a demonstration, is moving all the way to completion.

Wind energy can account for power for 1.6 million homes thanks to its production of 16 billion kWh each year. This project is worth approximately $300 million.

“The first off-shore wind farm in America will be ready to start spinning its blades, and that’s a momentous occasion,” said Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO of Deepwater Wind.

These blades are some of the largest in the entire country, allowing the turbines to generate twice the amount of electricity as other turbines. They are located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and will be called the Block Island Wind Farm.

“Our approach is to identify areas and technologies that will allow us to avoid the controversy entirely by locating the wind turbines over the horizon so that the people who don’t like the way they look, don’t have to look at them,” said Clint Plummer, vice president of development for Deepwater Wind.

One of the benefits of wind turbines is their great energy efficiency. The Bulletin reports that even though this project will only be able to power 17,000 homes, a relatively low number when it comes to energy numbers, this project symbolizes an industry-wide advancement that could lead to even more innovative and revolutionary ideas.

The first time off-shore wind turbines were proposed to the United States was for a massive Cape Cod project called Cape Wind. That proposal, which was considered too big at the time, proposed about 130 turbines within a close proximity to the shore.

“I do believe that starting small has made sense,” said Deepwater’s chairman, “I would say that the next projects are going to be substantially bigger.”

Commercial concrete workers are at the helm of the majority of these innovative projects.

If you want to learn more about wind turbines, commercial concrete work, or to actually contact a wind turbine installation company, contact Woofter today. Woofter can assist you with wind turbine installation, commercial concrete work, agricultural irrigation, and agricultural storage.