"K Line has really proved itself. Why pay twice as much for some other systems, when you get a much better result using a simple K Line system."
WHY K LINE IS SO GOOD.
The major benefits are:
- Low capital cost.
- Ease of installation, use and shifting.
- Suits ALL types of terrain.
- Best possible use of available water supplies.
Other, but still very important, advantages:
- Cost flexibility: can be installed initially on a small scale, and then expanded as budgets allow.
- Suits properties from 1 to 1000+ hectares.
- Effective on flat, undulating or even hilly ground, as the feed and sprinkler lines follow the contours of the land.
- Less investment in underground networks. Mains can be reduced at the extremities, branch lines reduced in size and no hydrants required.
- Minimal irrigation time lost during shifts. Each line can be moved in minutes, while they are still operating.
- Shifts can be done quickly with your 4 wheeled motorbike or available vehicle.
- Low maintenance costs. The only moving parts are the sprinklers, pumps and valves.
- You can add new lines to existing systems with ease.
- Low energy requirements.
- Application up to a 24 hour period maximise's absorption with little or no run-off.
- Crops up to 250mm tall can be irrigated.
- Livestock is not affected.
- No storage required. Lines and pods can be left in the paddock.
- Simply disconnect and move the lines to the fence when mowing, cultivating or harvesting.
WHAT IS K LINE?
K Line is a revolutionary flexible hose line sprinkler irrigation system designed to reduce the time and money you spend on irrigation.
At the heart of the system is a series of small, tough plastic pods protecting a small sprinkler firmly
attached to special K Line low density poly pipe. The system can be run on low pressure and is designed
to distribute water on a slow absorption method for up to a 24 hour period, firstly, to eliminate the
need to shift irrigation several times a day and, secondly, to allow maximum absorption into the soil, reducing run-off and pooling. K Line uses less water much more effectively. K Line is also very flexible. Variables such as running time per day/night, rotations, application rates etc., can be easily adjusted to suit your farm management style. Stock can also continue to use the paddocks being irrigated.
Each paddock has its own sprinkler line, customised to suit the size and shape of the paddock, and is run simultaneously depending on water supply. However, you don't need to run them all at once. You may choose to run only what's needed, or what's available depending on your water constraints. The small, flexible, strong, lightweight lines can be shifted in only minutes by a 4 wheeled motor bike, by simply driving across the paddock.
WHAT YOU NEED.
What's involved with installing K Line?
The process starts with a visit from your local irrigation consultant to plan your new system. They will examine the shape and size of your property, land use, the quality and quantity of the water supply, irrigation rotation and the soil types involved. Advise them of your needs and they will determine the scale of system. Together, with an hydraulic analysis, water pressure requirements, pump sizes, power systems and budget, your options can be determined.
Typically, the water supply requirements for K Line are similar to any other piped irrigation system, although with the K line (slow absorption method) many farmers are saying that every litre of water applied goes much further. However, the overall energy requirement should be much less if the distribution pipes are sized correctly. Pumps should be sized to suit the maximum number of sprinklers expected to be operating at any given time.
You'll need a network of distribution mains to deliver the water to each paddock (FIG 1). The size of these pipes are reduced as the number of paddocks fed progressively reduce and get further away from the pump source reducing the cost of mains piping. The mains terminate with a single riser or risers depending on the size of each paddock.
The feed lines (FIG 3) connect to the isolation valve at the riser, and are
customised depending on the size and shape of the paddock. The sprinkler lines are also customised for the paddock, using 40mm and 32mm special K Line low density poly pipe. The K Line pods are then fitted.
The K line sprinkler units consist of a sprinkler, a specially designed tapping saddle and a tough protective housing (pod). The pod serves many purposes, such as protecting the sprinkler, keeping the sprinkler upright and stopping the crop interfering with the sprinkler action.
Assembly is so simple many people choose to install the feed and sprinkler lines themselves. Of course, the UV protected, tough, poly plastic used ensures a long life in all weather conditions.