The Irrigation Association’s Vanguard Award recognizes innovation that leads the way in new developments or ideas. This award honors projects in the irrigation industry executed by a team of individuals, companies, organizations or other group entities. Projects chosen for this award exemplify the IA’s mission of promoting efficient irrigation.
Lindsay Corporation’s Riverview LLP project has been named the recipient of the 2019 Vanguard Award. Located near Willcox, Arizona, Riverview LLP’s Coronado Farms operates 196 center pivots over more than 24,000 acres of irrigated farmland. After identifying a primary challenge to ensure the farm’s long-term sustainability through water conservation, Riverview LLP partnered with Lindsay to construct a plan to meet this challenge.
The partners in this project included Riverview LLP, a Minnesota-based beef, dairy and crop production partnership; Lindsay Corporation; Lindsay dealer Whitewater Irrigation; Lindsay’s water engineering division IRZ Engineering Consultants; and Watertronics. Through this partnership, a complete solution for the operation was developed, including the construction of a radio network, implementation of remote telemetry, and customization of a pumping system with variable frequency drives and dynamic demand control to reduce pumping costs for the agricultural operation.
“On behalf of everyone here at Lindsay, I’d like to thank the Irrigation Association for this recognition. We are excited that this project was named the winner of the IA’s Vanguard Award,” said Randy Wood, president – irrigation at Lindsay. “The success of this project could not have been possible without the long-standing commitment to water efficiency made by Riverview and Coronado Farms. We congratulate everyone involved in this project; it truly was a team effort.”
The Vanguard Award and the other IA award winners were officially announced during Smart Irrigation Month on Technology Tuesday, July 9. The IA awards will be presented to all recipients, including Lindsay and the team behind the Riverview LLP project, during the general session of the Irrigation Show and Education Week in Las Vegas on Thursday, Dec. 5. More information about this and other IA awards and past recipients can be found on the website.