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Irrigation Systems Product Guide


Getting the correct amount of water on your crop at the right time is crucial to getting higher yields, but it’s also important to apply it uniformly. Zimmatic® irrigation systems bring a cost-effective solution, alleviating risk when the weather isn't ideal for planting and growing conditions.

Increase yields through more uniform application

Uniform application of water, chemicals and fertilization generally results in improved plant yield, growth and quality. A Zimmatic irrigation system can provide proper application to every part of your field throughout the growing season, even in those areas that are currently underutilized. If you have fields where water retention is poor, especially with sandy soils, using an irrigation system can increase your yields by 10% up to 50%.

Reduce waste

Because water and chemicals are applied directly to the root zone, a pivot or lateral system produces less waste, especially when compared to flood or drip irrigation.With a Zimmatic system, you get even, precise water application across the rows (Figure A), rather than having too much water at one end and not enough water at the other end. Plus, you won’t lose water to evaporation and you can control the timing and amount of water that is applied. There’s also less runoff, helping prevent contamination of the water table and nearby streams.

Lower labor and maintenance costs

The Zimmatic system is automated, so no one has to move pipes, or open and close floodgates. In fact, there’s virtually no labor input after the initial setup. Plus, remote control and monitoring options are available. There is no emitter clogging and no filter maintenance – it requires only a screened intake.


When you convert to mechanical move irrigation, you’re using a proven method of conserving water and improving your return on investment in time, labor, fertilizer and chemicals, while reducing runoff into streams.

High return on investment

Your initial investment in a pivot or lateral system is relatively small compared to the money you’ll save in the long term. In fact, a drip irrigation system costs over 200% more than a pivot system to install on a 125-acre field.2 On larger fields, the cost difference is even greater.
The long life of a pivot or lateral system will save you money year after year. You’ll use less water, reducing your energy costs. A Zimmatic system also helps you gain consistently higher yields by applying chemicals and fertilizers evenly, accurately and inexpensively. Plus, if you ever want to sell, there’s a high resale value on a pivot or lateral system.

.1 Irrigation of Agricultural Crops, ASA Monograph No. 30, 1990. Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration Paper, Report on “The Potential for Irrigation Expansion inWestern Canada.” 2 Freddie Lamm, Daniel O’Brien, Danny Rodgers, Troy Dumler, “Sensitivity of Center Pivot Sprinkler and SDI Economic Comparisons.” American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE) Meeting Paper. #MC02-201 (4/2002). This information should be used as a guide and is not intended to be a guarantee on cost of ownership or yield improvement. Actual results may vary due to soil make-up, water quality, chemigation, fertigation, regional climate, management practices, crop selection, irrigation techniques and marketing.

For more information, visit or talk to Grafton Irrigation your Zimmatic dealer.

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