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Klin­te­hamn in Sweden

Every drop counts

In Klin­te­hamn, a small munic­i­pal­i­ty on the west coast of Gotland, Sweden’s largest island, you can find Klin­te­bys Gård, Svante Rundfeldt’s his­toric farm. The farm dates back to the 17th century, and Svante has been running it since 1998 with respectable success: Klinteby’s Gård is one of Gotland’s largest farms, with sub­stan­tial pig pro­duc­tion as well as corn and veg­etable cul­ti­va­tion on an area of around 300 hectares.

The con­di­tions for farming in Gotland are any­thing but ideal, as the island is one of the driest and at the same time hottest places in Sweden. Water is a limited resource in Gotland. This means that there is actu­al­ly an excess of rain, but at the wrong time. The sit­u­a­tion is getting worse with the extreme weather events that have become more fre­quent in recent times: farmers are strug­gling with either too much or too little water.

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An inno­v­a­tive overall concept

The hot summer of 2018 also prompt­ed Svante – who is always search­ing for inno­v­a­tive con­cepts for his busi­ness — to take a closer look at the problem. He needed an irri­ga­tion system that would cover as large an area of mixed crops as pos­si­ble, involv­ing minimum labour, and that would not waste a drop of water. In addi­tion, Svante was looking for a solu­tion to collect the rain­wa­ter in a way that it would last for an entire irri­ga­tion season.

After exten­sive research, the inge­nious farmer opted for a well thought-out overall concept based around a Bauer pivot system with Smart­Touch, Smar­tRain and VRI (Vari­able Rate Irrigation).

Water – a pre­cious resource

The first thing Svante did was to build a pond that would collect the rain­wa­ter falling in abun­dance from Novem­ber to January and that would supply water to the pivot. During these rainy months, around 200,000m³ of water ends up in the reser­voir, plus around 60,000m³ of clean­ing water coming from a nearby veg­etable factory. Clever organ­i­sa­tion and a precise irri­ga­tion control is required to come by with these water reserves.

Pivot in Schweden Klinteby

The longest pivot in the north

A Pivot Cen­ter­star with 15 spans, over­hang and corner arm turned out to be the ideal system for Svante’s require­ments. Overall, the system reaches a length of 900m and irri­gates an area of 120 hectares. Svante is proud to own the longest pivot in the north­ern hemisphere.

Since dif­fer­ent crops such as cereals, pota­toes, beet­root and broc­coli are grown at the same time on the area to be irri­gat­ed, VRI was a must. In addi­tion, there are paths that sep­a­rate the indi­vid­ual field areas from one another and that should not be irri­gat­ed. In light of such require­ments, the VRI system can fully demon­strate its strengths. Thanks to the flex­i­ble indi­vid­ual nozzle control, the water dose can be pre­cise­ly adjust­ed to each crop in its respec­tive growth stage. Paths or fallow fields can be left out regard­less of their shape. It all works fully auto­mat­i­cal­ly and can be con­trolled remote­ly using a smartphone.

This pre­ci­sion is essen­tial for Svante, because the water col­lect­ed in winter must last for the whole season.

Diese Präzi­sion ist für Svante uner­lässlich, denn das im Winter gesam­melte Wasser muss für die ganze Saison reichen.

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Effi­cient water management

Prime example Klin­te­bys Gård

Svante’s inno­v­a­tive irri­ga­tion concept is con­sid­ered a model project. Klin­te­bys Gård is fre­quent­ly visited by stu­dents who are inter­est­ed in effi­cient water man­age­ment, recy­cling and resource con­ser­va­tion. With his modern farm, Svante Run­feldt is con­sid­ered a pioneer and is repeat­ed­ly invited to speak about his expe­ri­ences at dif­fer­ent events. “Agri­cul­ture is not part of the problem, as is some­times claimed. On the con­trary, when it comes to climate issues and water man­age­ment, it is part of the solu­tion,” Svante is convinced.