Top 3 Irrigator Advice Tips



In the last 5 years FMG has spent $11.5 million on claims for irrigator damage. Every year wind remains the top cause of irrigator claims accounting for 34% of claims. In spring the frequency and severity of foehn winds rises which increases the risk of irrigators blowing over. 54% of wind damage claims occur in spring. When a windstorm is on the way having a plan in place can really ease the pressure. This should cover wind prediction, authority, appropriate action and practice.


Point, Park, Anchor

IrrigationNZ and FMG’s advice is that pointing an irrigator either into, or away from, the wind remains the best way to reduce damage to an irrigator in high winds as this reduces the surface area exposed to the wind. There is a tolerance of around 22 degrees, which allows for some variance in wind direction, however every degree after that is likely to create drag and increase the chance of the irrigator tipping over. IrrigationNZ recommends using portable anchors, which allow for quicker mobilisation.


Impact Damage

Almost 1 in 3 claims FMG pays out on for irrigator damage is from impact include hitting overhanging tree branches, hedges and crops. The start of the season is when the majority of these claims occur. It is important you check for objects the irrigators could hit before making the first run of a new season, as there will have been some growth since the last time the irrigator was run. Also check the track before running the irrigator as things may have changed. A small piece of work now can prevent much larger damage later on.

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