Tuesday January 17, 2012.

Teeter Irrigation hosted their annual customer appreciation breakfast at their headquarters in Ulyssses, Kansas this morining. My father, Mark Faulkner, and I stopped by at around 8:00 for breakfast and listened to their Senniger Irrigation rep discuss nozzles and pressure regulators. The discussion continued with Owner Monty Teeter talking about how small pressure differences in at your nozzle can make big differences in the efficiency of your system and lead to overpumping. I had a short discussion with Kenneth Teeter, Monty's brother, about what they've seen in the fields this past year. Kenneth stated that farmers in southwest Kansas have been pushing their systems harder through the drought to save crops and take advantage of great grain prices. This increase has lead to more pumping of air and about 25-30% more line blowouts from trapped air. Monty Teeter introduced a new product to help eliminate line damage due to air. A new air relief valve is being offered that will only accuate when it is filled with water. It will also continue to burp out any excess air as the system is opperating. This simple new device sounds like it will offer great "relief" to irrigators in the southwest Kansas and surrounding states under increased pressure to maximize their irrigation systems. In addition Teeters introduced some other great new products like larger 8-ply tires, flow meters without any mechanical "guts" and DIY pressure regulator testing systems. They've also realeased a great parts special sheet with incredible deals on various parts through February 15th of 2012. Contact Teeter irrigation for sale details at 620-353-1111.

Teeter Irrigation will also be offering an Advanced Sprinkler Service School on February 1, 2012 from 7:30am to 12:00pm and again from 1:00pm to 5:30pm. This school is offered to anyone, but is limited to the first 160 participants. Topics discussed include; Pivot Drive Train, Valley Troubleshooting, CAMS/Select Panel Programming and Zimmatic/other Troubleshooting. This class looks to be critical for any farmer specializing in irrigated farming and will definitely help you spend less time down and more time producing great crops.

I spend about 80% of my time behind this desk at Faulkner Real Estate marketing our land and homes and managing our offices. It is a great treat to get out of the office, learn something new about our agricultural industry and see some of our customers. This morning was fun and I feel that the Team at Teeter Irrigation deserves this recognition for making the effort to gather local farmers, offer them a hot breakfast and help educate them and increase their bottom lines. Teeter Irrigation is celebrating 35 years of serving the Kansas, Colorado and Oklahoma. Our hats are off to them and their staff. We're thrilled to be their Realtors of choice and to help them purchase their new headquarters here in Ulysses, Kansas.

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