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Will You Take Our Free Irrigation Challenge?

The importance of drip and sprinkler irrigation systems today is greater than it ever has been. We are demanding more and more from our crops and we therefore have to demand equally from our irrigation. Often though, in the rigours of day to day farming it is easy to assume uniformity of irrigation. But when you come to test, properly and scientifically, it is surprising how much variation farmers accept as normal. The reasons for the variation can be various – dripper quality and suitability, age of the system, dirt, overall system design even operator decisions – but knowing what is happening in your substrate or field has to be a priority.

Aquaplast as experienced irrigation designers understand the issues and sympathise with the many calls on farmers time. That’s why we created the irrigation challenge! The routine is simple. We book a convenient time, borrow one of your staff for half a day and set up various experiments and measuring strategies which will eventually produce a spreadsheet conclusion of the average output in ml compared to the theoretical and then the variation across various predetermined areas, + and – when compared to the actual output average.

We have a sort of traffic light system where 0-5% variation is good and expected (you would hope for 3% on a new system). Anywhere between 5-10% we have an amber light and over 10% is a red light. Needs investigation or replacement.

Please contact the team for more details and to make your appointment to ‘Challenge your Irrigation’!

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Preparing for 2017 starts now at Ripple Aquaplast

We are pleased to confirm our new warehouse in Warrington and are at the moment, designing the offices and warehouse with additional office space and a various new shelving areas and a new mezzanine. It’s tough to predict the products that we move 6 months in advance, however, we have as you know, many years’ experience in this process so we hope to get close.

As ever, relying on your key suppliers is one of the reason why you choose a particular manufacturer and certainly with NDJ, we have a partner who works with us to ensure we offer the very best delivery timescales. With our usual UK-Israel route being supplemented by the production unit in Spain and the stock and warehouse in France.

It’s always tough to second guess what your customers want, but it makes sense to let us know as far in advance as possible and work with us on a specific item to ensure we can manage the process so your goods land on-site on time. Ordering in advance with a specific delivery date has to take the steam out of hitting supply dates. We have already started taking orders for Jan/Feb 2017 with hundreds of thousands of meters of PC dripline in both AS and CNL configurations, plus almost two million dripper sets on order with delivery dates confirmed. This system also gives an early confirmation of price and gives a stability which is much appreciated by all parties.

The moral of the story? Try and order your requirements in plenty of time.

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Brexit Follies

Managing the fluctuations in the £ exchange rate with the € and the $ can be a challenge. Trying to maintain a steady pricing level I believe is key so we work with our suppliers to maintain stability and allow our customers to take advantage of that. Keep an eye out for our specials where even in the atmosphere of increasing prices we have managed to secure a deal to lower the cost of irrigation.

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EU Referendum

I think most people were surprised by the recent EU Referendum and irrespective of your view point, the new landscape is looking different and unknown. It is clear that the normal commercial pre-requesites of managing costs may well be prove to be even more critical than ever. This is one of the reasons why Ripple Aquaplast have decided to publish all our products via the web and not in printed format. Whilst it is great to have steady pricing, if we negotiate a better deal with our suppliers, we want to pass this on to our customers. This is much easier to do with a web based price list. Keep an eye on our special offers.