First things first:

Your irrigation practices will be dictated by the types of soil you use. Make sure you know the following about your soils:

  • Crop and pasture suitability
  • Crop frequency
  • Capability for irrigation and drainage
  • Potential for soil erosion
  • Water holding capacity
  • Infiltration rate/rate of application of water

We highly recommend you record this information for future reference. This is a lot of important data, and you should not rely on memory. You will likely need to update it as time goes on, so make sure you can make amendments to the document.

This information will be important to reference as you are building your irrigation best practices. It can also be helpful for licensing or permit applications, or if you ever decide to sell your land.

As you make changes to this document, note seasons and dates. Having a record of how your soil and pasture changes over time is beneficial in the long run.

Soil Monitoring

Soil monitoring tools can help you track crop water usage and plan correct irrigation scheduling. Here are a few tools we recommend:

  • Irrigation WA Smartphone App – Developed by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA), this app lets you select multiple production features like soil type, crop variety, and irrigation type, to give you the best irrigation scheduling advice specific to your land. This no-cost tool is ideal for smaller farm and fields that don’t have the extra money to spend on commercial software;
  • Plexus – This farm measurement system uses low maintenance, solar powered field stations to pull your data and deliver it to you via the cloud. If you want extremely accurate data on soil moisture tension, content, temperature, and EC, this is a great option; and
  • Wildeye – This tool is similar to Plexus, and allows you to create a free demo account. It is not powered by solar power, however.

 

Preventing Soil Erosion

Soil erosion occurs when the structure of your soil degrades due to environmental factors like water and wind. When the top layer of soil is eroded, rills and gullies can occur, which makes the cultivation of paddocks impossible.

You can help prevent soil erosion by maintaining good pasture cover, and grassed waterways.

If you’re in need of a temporary solution, spread mulch with straw, bark, and compost around the problem areas. It acts like a shock absorber and prevents access water from destroying the soil’s structure. You can also use hay bales to slow water flow, if the soil erosion is occurring at the bottom of a hill.

For a longer-term solution, methodically place rocks and boulders around the areas you want to slow the flow of water. You can protect your soil from wind erosion by using sheets of geo-textile, nylon, or jut matting. These sheets of fabric prevent your soil from blowing away and are porous, so the soil can still receive water. Other long-term solutions include changes to your landscape, like creating contour swales, terraces, or sump pits.

Preventing Soil Compaction

Soil compaction – when soil particles are pressed together tightly, reducing air and pore space between the particles – occurs due to the soil not receiving enough water, and/or stress being applied, such as heavy machinery or animal feet. Soil compaction negatively effects root growth, which in turn can lead to stunted and drought-stressed plants.

Compacted Soil
Healthy Soil

Preventing soil compaction comes down to your infrastructure. You should avoid using oversized equipment, try to combine field operations, and minimising your tractor weight. This used to be a tall order to ask for smaller establishments – but since greenPRO has developed a line catered to smaller, non-industrial-sized farm and fields, preventing soil compaction has never been easier.

All greenPRO’s implements are designed to be towed behind an ATV, so you can rest assured you aren’t putting too much force on your soil. The 6-IN-1 Seeder has the ability to disc, plough, fertilise, seed, cover, and roll in one single operation, so you are combining 6 different manoeuvers, minimising weight and disruption on your soil. This implement was designed to be lightweight and compact, so it can also save you up to 63% in fuel costs.

The results are in – the 6-IN-1 Seeder reduces soil compaction by 6 times.

Given how hot and arid Australia is, you need to be ready to manage irrigation under dry circumstances. Our best advice: know your crop, know how it responds to periods of drought, and know what tools are available for irrigation management.

How do Perennial Pasture Crops Deal with drought?

 

Perennial pastures are very sensitive to late irrigation start-up and missed irrigations. When irrigations are missed or even delayed, plants go into partial water stress, which leads to growth decline.

Even once the stressed pasture is fully irrigated, there is a lag period before growth rates go back to normal. It takes several weeks for perennial crops to fully recover.

You can avoid missed or delayed irrigation with the right irrigator. The GPI-100 Solar Powered Travelling Irrigator helps ensure you don’t run out of water and all your crops are irrigated properly with water pressure as low as 20psi. It’s ideal for smaller areas of land, like small farms, parks, gardens, nurseries, hobby properties, sports fields, race tracks, golf courses, equestrian stables and arena’s.

The GPI-100 Irrigator can water a 1 acre paddock in a single pass (so long as the paddock dimensions are 38 metres wide by 105 metres long). If you set the retraction speed for 6 hours from 2 to 12, the amount of water dispensed will be:

  • 88 litres/min X 60 minutes X 6 hours = 31,680 litres

Over 1 acre or an area of 4000 square metres, this is the equivalent of receiving approximately 8mm of “rain.”

TIP: If you find yourself with reduced water supplies and can’t get your hands on a GPI-100 Solar Powered Travelling Irrigator, minimise the area of pasture you are irrigating, so that at least a portion of your land is receiving a full requirement of water.

Do not continue to irrigate the same area of land with less water per hectare. This is a common strategy, but under-irrigating a large area just leaves you with a large amount of arid land.

How do Forage Crops Deal with drought?

 Forage crops are more tolerant of delayed or missed irrigations. They also respond favourably and lucratively to once-off irrigations in the mid to latter phases of their growth period, so if you need to conserve water, there are ways to manage and still have your crop flourish.

If your crops are decently damp, you may be able to stop irrigation in the summer and save your water for early autumn. Be careful how you store the water – dam or surface storage containers have a high evaporation rate, decreasing your total volume of water for autumn. Carefully weigh the pros and cons before stopping summer irrigation.

The Best Crops for Dry Climates

Summer Forage Crops

  • Millets are quick-maturing summer cereals used in quality animal feed. These crops can be grazed 5 to 7 weeks after sowing. We recommend pearl millet or pennisetum millet, which have excellent drought tolerance, unlike Japanese millet.
  • Cowpea is a multi-purpose legume that is an easy crop to establish, adaptable to a wide range of soils, drought tolerant, and provides high yields in a short period of time.

Winter Forage Crops

  • Forage oats are a reliable winter crop that can produce high-quality feed at a time when most pastures are inactive. Oats are often used to fatten livestock during autumn to early spring.
  • Annual ryegrass grows vigorously and is tolerant of drought, continuous grazing, low soil fertility, and even some insects. This crop is highly nutritious and useful for hay.

 

Irrigated forage crops generally have better water use efficiency, as they tend to produce more feed per mL of water, compared to irrigated pasture crops. However, if you already have irrigated pasture crops established, it is likely not worth it economically to switch over to forage crops. Finding a proper irrigator for your needs is the most cost-effective route.

The Small Farms Guide 7 Reasons Why You Should Kill Weeds With The ATV Sprayer Trailer

Weeds are a major threat to the establishment of good pasture. They don’t just smother pastures but harm livestock as well. Weeds are known to out-compete pastures because they’re resistant to pests and diseases that normally affect them in their natural settings. That’s why you might have noticed the weeds in your pastures looking more vibrant than the grass you’re trying to nurture. The following are 7 reasons why you should kill weeds using the ATV Sprayer Trailer.

1. Competition for nutrients

Weeds are hardy and vigorous in the way they grow. They grow so fast that even before you know it, they have outgrown your pastures. All this is because of the large amounts of water and soil nutrients they consume, to the detriment of your pastures. It is wise to use the ATV Sprayer Trailer as a weed spray for your pastures and get rid of weeds.

2. Competition for water

Have you noticed how hydrated the weeds in your pastures look? Well, it’s because they transpire more water than the planted pastures. The weeds, therefore end up looking greener than your pastures. So, ensure you weed spray your pastures using the ATV Sprayer Trailer. 

3. Competition for solar energy

About 99 percent of the dry matter in pastures is made up of organic matter that depends on energy from the sun. Weeds are known to grow faster than your pastures. They end up creating sheds that deny the pastures adequate sunlight. The pastures, therefore, end up performing badly despite having adequate water and nutrient supply.  Use the greenPRO weed sprayer to quickly spot-spray patches of weeds around fence posts. Or go all out and easily kill off a large plot of thick, stubborn weeds.

4. Competition for space

Weeds compete with your pastures for space both in the rhizosphere and atmosphere. When your pastures are infested with weeds, they have limited space to develop shoots and leaves. This causes reduced photosynthesis, thus reducing the productivity of your pastures. Hey, get the ATV Sprayer Trailer and rid your pastures of all weeds.

5. Weeds impair the quality of livestock produce

Weeds in pastures are forage crops that introduce undesirable flavours to milk and meat animals. Others get attached to the body of sheep thus reducing the quality of wool produced. So, if you want to get high-quality produce from your animals, use a good weed spray with the ATV Sprayer Trailer to rid your pastures of weeds.

6. Weeds harm your animal’s health

Unlike pastures, weeds contain high levels of alkaloids, tannins, glycosides, oxalates, and other substances that are poisonous to animals when ingested. For example, Silky lupine is known to cause crooked calf disease when eaten in the pasture. So, why expose your animals to dangerous weeds? Get rid of them using the ATV weed sprayer from greenPRO.

7. Weeds harbour insect pests and diseases

They offer shelter to various insect pests and diseases. They also act as alternative hosts thus endangering your pastures with the threat of getting infected with harmful pests and diseases. Who likes sickly pastures? Use the ATV weed sprayer to get rid of all weeds in your pastures.

Clearly, there is no reason why you shouldn’t get the ATV Sprayer Trailer for

greener and healthier pastures. It’s the best weed sprayer you’ll ever use to kill weeds!

The Small Farms Guide Seeding our knowledge of helpful tips and tricks to farmers around the country.

Any owner of a small farm who wishes to graze their animals on lush green pastures grasses should read this! The reason is that it’s not every day that you receive great advice on how to improve your pastures. Therefore, you may find the following tips to be helpful. pasture grasses pasture grasses pasture grasses 

1. Test and prepare the soil.

It is not rocket science. First, you must prepare the soil. Start by obtaining an accurate soil sample, testing it, and using it to improve the soil accordingly. Your local extension service should be of help in testing and improving the soil.

2. Select the right pasture seed mix.

Selecting the right seed mixture is imperative. Evaluate your geographical region and the application for which you want the grass. It could be for grazing or harvesting hay. Whatever your circumstances, you need to choose the mix of pasture seed that’s right for you. You will discover that each pasture seed  mix is formulated specifically for its application and region.

3. Properly prepare the seedbed.

The next step, to get the pasture grasses up and producing, is to ensure that you adequately prepare the seedbed on your small farm. For your pasture feed to establish optimally, it requires a fine, and firm seedbed. Don’t forget that you will need to carry out some irrigation, once you have done the planting. So have your solar powered travelling irrigator on standby.

4. Plant seed using the right method.

If you prefer it, use the no-till method by spraying all the vegetation for the best results. Pasture seeds should not be planted too deep, or too far apart. Ensure adequate seed-to-soil contact by rolling (packing) soil.

5. Keep it moist.

All seeds need moisture to get established. Using irrigation, you can ensure that your pasture gets off to a good start. That is if you didn’t plant your seed during the fall or spring seasons. There is an alternative in frost seeding, which can be accomplished by broadcasting seed during the months when the soil is freezing at night and thawing during the day.

6. Allow grass to get established.

Before you start heavy grazing or re-stocking, first allow the plants to get well established. When plants reach 8 to 12 inches, mow or lightly graze down to no less than 3 inches in height. Allow the pasture to regrow to between 18 and 20 inches before grazing again. With this, you encourage the grass and also assists legume establishment by allowing more light into the base. You should continue with this rotational grazing to ensure the productivity of the pasture remains at a high level. Be careful not to overgraze, especially for some species such as orchard-grass that do not reach their full potential until the second season.  establish pasture  establish pasture  establish pasture 

7. Use fertiliser.

Apply nitrogenous fertiliser on your small farm between three and four weeks after planting, and successively after that. This will prolong the life of the pasture and improve its performance. However, don’t apply fertiliser when it’s dry. Make sure to do irrigation first as the fertiliser may dry the grass. Talk to your agricultural agent for specifications on the type of fertiliser to apply.

Well, what’s stopping you?

  Go on and establish green pasture on your small farm!

The Small Farms Guide Water your waiting for.

You know the “look” – the bone weary, dirt covered farmer braces his back with one hand and pushes his hat back with the other casting his gaze skyward at the lone cloud in the sky.  Hoping for rain, not just for his pastures and crops, but also just to settle the dust that covers and clogs everything from noses to air filters.

This time of year in Australia, most of us are not worrying too much about rain, but in just a few months that will all change. Dams will certainly be filled and retention waters ready to broadcast, but there is one problem…

Rain transports itself – dam and well water don’t!

Getting water from point A to point B has historically never been fun. Water’s heavy and has a nagging tendency to escape from your chosen vessel and disappear into the wrong bit of ground.

That whole “water’s heavy” bit has caused a good deal of trouble over the years. Pumping equipment has always been heavy and unwieldy meaning the operator had to be a fairly strapping fellow. And any day he had to water, he could forget about doing anything else! Other duties he was going to handle got pushed down the list, which meant his lands could fall behind in the dry seasons because he was tied up pumping, transferring, and spraying water.

That is – until the greenPRO irrigator was born! With a new set of ideas about what irrigation and irrigators should look and be like. You see, when we started designing irrigators for the farm and paddock two years ago, we started with a clean sheet of paper. We put aside what it should look like, and instead, imagined all the tasks it needed to do. The end result? An irrigation platform unlike any other. Solar powered, self-adjusting, and versatile enough to be used in the paddock, the pasture, or even for fire suppression. The solar powered Traveling Irrigator received rave reviews by the professionals at the Australia National Field Days … and if anyone has “seen it all” they certainly have.

An irrigator designed to meet every need – not just be pressed into service. We built our Traveling Irrigator with a new set of ideas – made almost independent of water pressure, performing impeccably at less than 20psi! Process management system – both water and wire – controlled with integrated variable speed controls, ‘set and forget’ technology and an automatic shut-off system.

Most importantly? greenPRO’s design is a creation born of the minds and hands of Australian men and women who have worked the Land Down Under. The people who know that there is everywhere else and then there is Australia. Just as importantly, because we know the land, when you have a question about the Irrigator (or any other implement we provide), you get real service from your countrymen – not some call center on the other side of the globe, not some city folks who don’t know a plough from a harrow.

Providing better implements for Australia’s farmers – that’s what we do at greenPRO and our Traveling Irrigator is just another great example.

The Small Farms Guide Techniques To Use For Better Harvests and Healthier Livestock

As the specialists in helping the small farmer become more efficient and more productive with their operation. greenPRO, as a division of Quik Corp, has spent decades building the right products for the backbone of the farming industry in Australia.  Truth be told, we hear questions all year-round, not only about our products, but about techniques to use for better harvests and healthier livestock.

Right now, much of that conversation hinges on the preparation of pasture.  After all, September through December is when many small farmers start to think about renewing older pasture, but in reality, the time to think about new pastures is years before.  In those preparation years, your primary focus needs to be on weed elimination for both plants and seeds in the soil and making sure that your pH is correct.  These two years of preparation are critical before you ever hook up the cultivator – remember, here in Australia, good grazing is a matter of hard work, not building a fence.

While you can easily spend 25% to 50% of the total graze value making that pasture “work”, it is also critical to remember that if you haven’t killed off the weeds, the fertiliser helps them too.

After killing off the weeds in the unseeded period – which should be for at least six months, you need to get the soil tested and continue to spray out any weeds.

After this 6-month period, look to apply an annual “manure crop” such as rye corn, tick beans or even mustard greens to help generate more nitrogen in the soil – don’t forget, a good starter fertiliser is a smart move at this phase as well.

The good news is that this crop can be grazed once established, and sometimes imports like chicory can be used (if carefully monitored and grazed closely) to ensure the untilled period reuse the same techniques from the previous season.  The new year brings some new techniques, too.  Of pivotal importance is what is to be sown – certain pasture crops like certain planting techniques – so make sure that you choose the right technique for the right crop. Want a PRO-tip?  You also want to limit any impaction of the soil at this time – exactly why we designed our 6-IN-1 SEEDER to make this a one-step “one pass” operation.

In addition to this, it is critical in these preparation phases to correctly identify any pests or weeds and take the appropriate measures.  Once successfully established, you’ll be able to manage your pastures using rotational grazing, controlling weeds with herbicides and replacing soil nutrients with fertiliser. Farming equipment Farming equipment Farming equipment 

In the end, pasture that has “gone back” can be brought back… more importantly, you can cut down drastically on seed and fertiliser costs by managing pasture more efficiently and more effectively year-to-year.

The Small Farms Guide How Does A Grass Seeder Work?

There’s a time and place for description.  Take, for example, movie titles.  You want to pique interest, and you want to set the tone.  You don’t want to give the entire plot away.  “Legends of the Fall” sounds expansive and leaves you wondering what it could be about.  “Immortal Beloved” gives a hint of love lost and suggests that perhaps a love story was never consummated.  “Snakes on a Plane,” however, really gives away the entire movie and doesn’t leave much to the imagination.

On the other hand, when it comes to implements for farming, you don’t want to be left wondering what a piece of equipment does.

You want to know.

The “X-5000 Mega Cutter” sounds like a weapon of mass destruction, not a farming implement.

At greenPRO, we like to keep the names of our implements basic.  We’re not into unnecessary flowery language, we just want our owners to know what to expect when they look at our products and from that first expectation, they can feel confident that the implement they need is the one we’ve designed.  Take our greenPRO 6-IN-1 SEEDER, for example.  You’ve simply got our name and what the device does.  No colorful phrases, no meaningless terms.

That’s great, but what does a “typical” grass seeder actually do?

Grass Seeders, just like the name implies, are implements that are used to plant the seeds to actually grow grass.  Pretty basic, right?  There are two distinct versions of grass seeders; one used where the soil has been laboriously prepared by other machines and the other kind, used in no-till and low-till farming – an implement that prepares the soil and plants the seed in one pass.  These ‘one-trippers’ use steel discs to vertically cut a slit in the soil to deposit the seeds.  Widely known as Slit Grass Seeders, these implements can perform the two operations at the same time – opening the ground and depositing the seeds.

The real benefit of these types of seeders is that they are perfect for stimulating existing pastures because they not only remove built-up thatch, they allow you to get seed right down into the ground where they can germinate quickly and not be lost to weather or pests.  Slit grass seeders are extremely popular implements and their sizes range from walk-behind manual models up to huge drawbar-straining tractor-driven units.  Needless to say, finding one that fits your needs has traditionally been fairly simple.

The downside?

They only handle two parts of the overall operation of improving the pasture.  Traditional seeders have no provision to fertilise the ground, cover the seedbed, or roll the area to ensure great germination … and at greenPRO, that just didn’t seem right.

Enter the 6-IN-1 Seeder

When we started looking at all the tasks that needed to be done to get pasture seeded for smaller landowners, we realised that there was a vast array of tasks that were not handled but could be with a little Aussie ingenuity.  So we put on our thinking caps and designed the greenPRO 6-IN-1 SEEDER. This seeder operates by doing all the tasks you need to complete when planting grass seeds.

Yes, all of them.  Except having a cool drink when you are done!

For example, it will disc, plough, fertilise, seed, cover and roll all in the one action as you easily tow this implement over the soil.  With the traditional seeding methods, these actions could take a number of different machines, or hard physical labour, but with a greenPRO 6-IN-1 SEEDER you can do it all easily.

Now, the real beauty of the greenPRO 6-IN-1 Seeder is that it is the perfect implement to use for both small and larger areas since it can be easily pulled behind lightweight vehicles such as ATV’s or UTV’s.

If you are looking for an easy way to prepare seeds and soil, look no further… here’s your own greenPRO step-by-step guide: (You could number this section)

For starters, choose a seed that will grow a pasture to suit the conditions it’ll be grown in.  If you keep horses or stock, bear in mind that hooves can easily cut some grasses but actually help others.

Next, before you load up the grass seeder, take the time to analyze the soil that you are working with.  You’ll want a seed that is hardy enough for the weather conditions you encounter, but it’s likely that you’ll need to add in some nutrients.  Using a simple soil test kit, you can see what nutrients your soil needs, and fertilise it with these nutrients as you plant your seeds.  In some rare cases, it may even be smarter to put in a “manure crop” such as tick beans, rye corn, or even mustard greens to increase the base nutrients in the soil, such as nitrogen.  You may “lose” a growing season but the result – healthier soil – is well worth it versus spending a small fortune on fertiliser.

Now, inspect the soil and remove any large pieces of debris, such as rocks, which might get in the way of your seeder. Try to ensure the soil isn’t too tightly compacted as a looser soil will work better for the seeder.

With your surface rock and clump-free, you’re ready to let the greenPRO 6-IN-1 SEEDER work its magic. Since you’ll be able to fertilise as go, your seeds are given an energy boost right from the start.

Good luck and let us know how you go!

The Small Farms Guide To Till or not to Till

In the grand scheme of things, sooner or later, everything comes back into style.  In some cases, as we “rediscover” old ways or “forgotten” techniques, we realise that the improved version that we may have done for many years really wasn’t all that improved.  Don’t believe it?

Look at the prices commanded for grass-fed beef.  Free range chickens.  “Organic” anything at the market.

All were the practical, real-world techniques used for countless generations of farmers around the world … and they are all popular again and perceived as somehow “better” by discerning purchasers.

It makes you wonder what else we have collectively turned our backs on over the years.  When it comes to small farming we ask, how can they be reliably worked by only a handful of people and still provide high-quality outputs?

Enter – or re-enterno-till farming.

That’s right.  NO-till farming.  That means not turning over the soil in preference to letting nature run its course through a completely different strategy with respect to cover crops, crop rotation, pasture establishment, and most importantly, pasture enrichment.  A little history on the ideas behind the concept…

Most, if not all, modern farming methods derive from the idea of the plough.  Whether wielded by draft animals or behind an air-conditioned tractor; the plough has reigned supreme for many years.  Is it really necessary?  Starting in the 1940’s, the no-till ideology has maintained that the smarter – and older strategy of clearing the land and keeping it productive without turning over the soil can raise moisture levels in the land, sequester carbon effectively, and provide high yields at a fraction of the costs that tillage requires.

More importantly, no-till farming generally means that the horsepower required to pull a seeder through pasture is dramatically reduced.  Not needing the high-torque drawbar ratings of big equipment means that no-till farming is perfect for the small farmer who desires to use a small ATV, UTV, or even a  “Garden tractor”, in combination with the greenPRO 6-IN-1 SEEDER.

An even more critical part of the equation is that in no-till farming, the land is being used throughout every season, thus soil preparation and over-seeding needs to become an easy-to-perform operation.  The more times you can over-seed your pastures with season active growing seeds, the richer your pastures become, hence the better the health and growth performance of the animals grazing that pasture.

Let’s take a look at implementing a useful rotation using no-till techniques.  Year one, we might have wheat already established, but then, after harvest, sow summer pasture grass seeds into the stubble.  Year two, winter oats and a mixed cereal combination are over-sown into the summer pasture and animals allowed to gaze on rotation.  Years three, four, and five, again, mixed summer grasses, legumes, and cereals are planted with animals grazing in rotation so as to allow grasses to reach maturity throughout the rotation period.

Additionally, you’ll not fight any native grasses that choose to develop alongside your sown grasses and cereals.  By keeping your fields constantly seeded and productive all year-round, you limit the amount of weeds that can exist in the field and the animal grazers, in this example, provide manure and do not lead to soil impaction typically caused by heavy farming equipment.  More importantly, you’re able to do all this with fewer implements, less time input and reduced overall costs.

Remember, bigger is not always better and there is plenty of wisdom that we sometimes forget.  Australia is a place unto itself when it comes to our seasons and how we approach farming.  By deploying techniques that work in your particular area you can use your lands more efficiently and not spend a fortune in large expensive equipment, time, fuel, tools, and chemicals that can cause severe damage to your property in the long run. no till farming no till farming

The Small Farms Guide How To Get Six Times Faster On Your Property

It’s a funny thing, growing up (or living for a long time) on a farm. You get used to doing lots of things with lots of different tools.  You also learn to use some tools in more “creative” ways because you can save hours of transport and usually get the job done successfully without using the “right” tool that’s on the other side of the farm.

We’ve seen ute’s used to remove land with bizarre rotary cutting attachments, ATVs used with box blades, and excavators used for ploughing.  Insane, right?!

That’s exactly the catalyst for greenPRO when we designed and built our 6-IN-1 ATV Seeder.  Our real world that our owners live in is one where implements are used in a variety of ways. Having one implement that can truly handle six different jobs was not only a great idea but also crucial to your success.  You save money, time, (blood, sweat and tears) and effort – and don’t forget that one implement is far easier to keep clean and dry under storage than six different ones!

So what can our 6-IN-1 SEEDER do for your small farm?  In only one pass over attached to your ATV or even a Ute, you can disc, plough, fertilise, seed, cover and roll, ensuring you grow vigorous, healthy and nutritious pastures for your horses or livestock.

Not only does this give you HUGE value for your money, the most critical savings comes in terms of the time saved.  Many small farms are, after all, family operations relying on efficient time management, not labour budgets.  And, there is only so much daylight to get the job done!

There’s another thing to really love about the 6-IN-1 ATV Seeder, though. Unlike bigger, one-implement situations, the greenPRO 6-IN-1 ATV Seeder is more maneuverable.  By being able to scoot around trees, fences, and paddocks, you can more efficiently use every inch of your land for better seeding.  If you are raising all the silage and grasses for horses and other livestock, this actually means you can grow “more” in every acre because you don’t have the convoluted turn ratios of bigger equipment.  You actually can go fencerow to fencerow with this compact seeder!

Every kilo of our 6-IN-1 ATV-SEEDER has been designed for ease of use, establishing and enriching your pasture and, most importantly, the savings of your time.  You literally can replace a shed’s worth of implements with only one compact seeder implement and be confident that you can do it all – 6 times faster!

The Small Farms Guide 7 Reasons Why You Need A Travelling Irrigator?

Let’s face it, nobody woke up today and said: “Today’s the day I’ll buy an Irrigator!” No, that decision is made from experience and time, not by the seat of the pants. It could be that you’re tired of hauling hoses and needing to watch your system like a hawk. Lest it drains the well, it could be that your old pump is finally failing? Or, it could be that you’ve decided that this is the last year you’ll deal with a dusty arena all summer.

None of that really matters, though, because, for whatever reason, you’re in the market doing your research and guess what? There’s a host of ways to get water from point A to point B. It just so happens that greenPRO have come up with a nearly perfect solution to the irrigation needs of the small farmer – the Solar Powered Traveling Irrigator.

Now, you might ask why we would dedicate time and effort to making such a system mobile? We’ve got some good ones – here are seven reasons why we built a truly light, compact and portable irrigator that can withstand tough conditions and solve your watering issues. After all, nobody needs to remind us that water is a precious commodity across most of the country and using it effectively is paramount to your success or failure each year.

1. It is truly mobile

Being able to work in so many different locations means that our Travelling Irrigator can deliver the correct water solutions in every scenario. You might want to water a parkland area or a small farm, or if you’re a horse lover, you’ll need a trusted source for water delivery in your equestrian arena or paddock. Many other sporting fields and golf courses have also benefited from this easily portable and thoroughly trusted delivery system.

2. No Pressure? No Problem!

We know that limited pressure can be a serious problem for many irrigation systems. Not with the greenPRO Travelling Irrigator. Amazingly, this solar powered sprinkler system operates effectively with water pressure as low as 20psi! The best news is that by running on lower pressures, you can limit the amount of water delivered and not run your source down.

3. Low Impact

One of the biggest problems that landowners struggle with is when cover soils are packed down by heavy equipment. We built the Traveling Irrigator to be heavy duty and light weight for a host of reasons, but chief among them was to limit soil impaction. We know families that have spent generations getting their farmlands to optimal aeration, and towing hundreds or thousands of kilos over those lands mitigates loads of hard work. This machine is easily towed, by a small tractor or ATV, and uses large flotation style tyres to make sure it leaves minimal evidence of it ever having crossed your property. It is also fitted with turf-friendly spikes, and that’s another powerful plus point. When dealing with an equestrian area, it also waters evenly, rather than leaving dangerous hard or deep boggy spots behind.

4. Unlike a bad employee, a Traveling Irrigator can take care of itself

Not only did we build this with variable speed control, but it also has unique ‘set and forget’ shut-off technology. This allows you to set it up and then leave it to work while you get on with your own. Even better? You can set the Traveling Irrigator to run one piece in the evening or at night while you move it to handle another operation the next day.

5. Unique Adaptability

By using the common water inlets and a built-in pressure gauge, GreenPRO has made the Travelling Irrigator easy to operate. Simply activate the right valving, connect it to the available water source, engage the motor and it’s ready to go! Knowing the folks would use this in a myriad of ways we’ve designed the handles to be reversible. Allowing the implement to be towed by a small vehicle or ATV.

6. Built by the folks who understand the problem!

Designed by Australians, built from Australian components. The Traveling Irrigator was created as a solution for people who need to handle specific small farm duties in Australia. This isn’t some cheap Chinese import or a colossal U. S. monster. This is built for the way that farmers and smallholders here in Australia actually use their lands. We know that your applications might range from dust control to fire protection, paddock watering to crop irrigation; or for vineyard or orchard irrigation – and so many other possible locations and potential uses.

7. Makes a complicated task an enjoyable activity.

The greenPRO travelling Irrigator transforms what can be the most frustrating and time-consuming of tasks into a simple process. Created for Australian weather and designed to be simple to use. Guaranteed to get the job done, time and time again. Which, come to think of it, could be the perfect description for most Australians!