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Growers cautioned to drain sprinklers prior to freezing temperatures

Running center pivots during freezing temperatures can result in uninsured damage.
Most recently, Smith was called to repair a sprinkler in the Panhandle that resulted in $35,000 worth of uninsured damage.

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,

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