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Growers cautioned to drain sprinklers prior to freezing temperaturesGrowers cautioned to drain sprinklers prior to freezing temperatures

Most recently, Smith was called to repair a sprinkler in the Panhandle that resulted in $35,000 worth of uninsured damage.

Shelley E. Huguley

February 13, 2018

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Irrigating cover crops or trying to moisten drought-stricken soil while nighttime temperatures continue to drop below freezing can result in costly damage to center pivot irrigation systems— repairs that are rarely covered by insurance. 

Out-of-pocket repairs isn't the greatest danger though, the threat of electrocution due to damaged electrical wires is a big concern,  says Daniel Smith, owner of South Plains Irrigation, Olton, Texas. This winter, Smith and his crew have responded to near 50 calls regarding ice-damaged sprinklers. To learn more about the danger and possible damage that can occur, view the above photo gallery.

See Growers cautioned about running sprinklers during freezing temperatures, http://bit.ly/2nYcPxH

About the Author(s)

Shelley E. Huguley

Editor, Southwest Farm Press

Shelley Huguley has been involved in agriculture for the last 25 years. She began her career in agricultural communications at the Texas Forest Service West Texas Nursery in Lubbock, where she developed and produced the Windbreak Quarterly, a newspaper about windbreak trees and their benefit to wildlife, production agriculture and livestock operations. While with the Forest Service she also served as an information officer and team leader on fires during the 1998 fire season and later produced the Firebrands newsletter that was distributed quarterly throughout Texas to Volunteer Fire Departments. Her most personal involvement in agriculture also came in 1998, when she married the love of her life and cotton farmer Preston Huguley of Olton, Texas. As a farmwife she knows first-hand the ups and downs of farming, the endless decisions that have to be made each season based on “if” it rains, “if” the drought continues, “if” the market holds. She is the bookkeeper for their family farming operation and cherishes moments on the farm such as taking harvest meals to the field or starting a sprinkler in the summer with the whole family lending a hand. Shelley has also freelanced for agricultural companies such as Olton CO-OP Gin, producing the newsletter Cotton Connections while also designing marketing materials to promote the gin. She has published articles in agricultural publications such as Southwest Farm Press while also volunteering her marketing and writing skills to non-profit organizations such a Refuge Services, an equine-assisted therapy group in Lubbock. She and her husband reside in Olton with their three children Breely, Brennon and HalleeKate.

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