Peninsula Pride Farms hosted a Conservation Conversation on June 30 at Ebert Enterprises. Randy Ebert and Nick Guilette discussed the center point drop nozzle irrigation system’s ability to use water from feed pads. This water, formally called leachate, is created when water trickles through a pile of feed and nutrient particles from the feed is absorbed into the water.
Nick and Randy explained that using leachate on growing crops helps to recycle the valuable nutrients from the feed as well as the water. This is an efficient way of using the left-over nutrients that would have otherwise been wasted. The practice is also a productive use of machinery, as there are no trucks on the road hauling. Attendees saw how Ebert Enterprises ha a pipeline that directly transports leachate to the center point drop nozzle system to irrigate area fields.