Arizona Drip Systems, Inc., and Sundance Farms specializes in custom farm minimum-till, no-till machinery, and sub surface drip irrigation. We have developed special patented farm machinery that reduces tillage time and diesel fuel by 54.6%. Our patented line of equipment includes the trademark Sundance HD Disk and Root Puller, Tape Injector, Tape Extractor, and recently patented Peel-off Rig. We also supply irrigation parts and other custom designed farm equipment. We are a leader in the irrigation and farming industry. We have been recognized nationally and internationally by colleges, farm co-ops and agricultural associations and such international agricultural foundations as the World Food Organization and the United States Department of Agriculture for inventions, speeches, articles and text books in the area of micro-irrigation.
We maintain an on-going experimental process of growing cotton, wheat, alfalfa, maize, corn and watermelon with controlled water, precision chemical application and minimum-till and no-till requirements.
Our drip irrigation designs have proven to be the most efficient drip irrigation systems available on the market today. Our highly efficient drip irrigation systems produce 95.3% efficiency by watering only the root zone of plants and keeping valuable moisture in our soil. We have seen yield increases from 50 – 75% compared to conventional farming and irrigation methods.
Our systems are the result of 30 years of our own testing and installing the best practices from Israel, Hawaii, and the Southwest United States. We are located in Coolidge, Arizona, 50 miles southeast of Phoenix.
Drip irrigation was born in Israel's Negev Desert in 1965. Since then, drip irrigation has spread throughout the world. There are eight major manufacturers that produce a large variety of products that include surface and subsurface tubing and tape, all kinds of valves and control devices as well as filters.
Drip irrigation is considered by far the most efficient system available on the market today, when properly maintained and operated.
Orchards and vineyards were some of the first users' of surface drip, partly because of their higher value and because they were on undulating ground. The sugarcane fields of Hawaii were early users of subsurface drip. The Hardy Irrigation Company named their Hardy Bi-Wall Tape, “The Cane Special”.
Other early users of drip irrigation were fruit and vegetable growers, as well as, strawberry growers. Strawberries planted on plastic mulch with the dripper lines directly under the mulch, provided an excellent way to irrigate the crop twice a day and still be able to harvest the field without any interference from the irrigation system.
Today the technology, relative to drip irrigation, has progressed to a degree that almost all crops can be irrigated by drip. All of the crops so irrigated, produced higher yields with anywhere from 25% to 50% less water. The last several years have shown remarkable growth for drip irrigation systems, partly because it is so water efficient and also because of the severe water shortages around the world.
With subsurface drip (SSDI), where the lines are buried from 8'-12' below the surface, conservation tillage has become quite popular. Since the water is delivered through a plastic tube, or tape, below the ground; the need for a furrow to convey the water down to the other end of the field is eliminated. This then allows for stubble mulches and plant residue to cover the soil, further reducing evaporation and/or soil drying and cracking. Soil microbes like living below the crop residue mulch because of the superior aireation and moisture. With these side benefits from SSDI, much higher yields are possible where fields are flooded which causes the soil to be compacted and forcing all of the air from the soil, which then requires ripping or plowing or both to get air back into the soil.