TeachInPeace wrote:Question: how come no one in this state seems to have an irrigator? When I lived in west river South Dakota (dry like here, all summer, plus fire) it seemed like every wheat field, bean field, and even some of the rangeland had at least one irrigator - and I think I've seen a grand total of 1 on my drives around Southern Wisconsin. What gives?
The soils must be suitable for irrigation. If you have tight soils, you salt up the soil. I'm not sure where you lived in west river SD, but only some of the land is suitable for irrigation. The Belle Fourche and Hot Springs areas had federally subsidized projects that made irrigation economic. Otherwise, it wouldn't have happened.
The Arena/Spring Green area in Wisconsin has irrigation. Irrigation works with well-drained soils, so you'll have irrigation in sandy areas if it makes economic sense.