Small is beautiful
Linestar with 3 spans for 35 hectares
The field in question, belonging to the young farmer Andreas Bakken, stretches along the Glomma river for 1,800 meters and is roughly 220 meters wide at the narrowest point. Bakken is justifiably proud of his success and especially of the near linear system from Bauer, which has made a harvest possible here for the first time: His Linestar has three spans, and each is 60 meters long. The overhang and the end gun cover another 30 to 40 meters. This year, the system was used to irrigate an area of roughly 35 hectares with three different crops: barley, potatoes and grass.
The size of the farm is 230 hectares, which is quite large for Norwegian standards. Primarily potatoes and carrots are grown here, and the sandy soil in Norway only yields a harvest if it is irrigated. However, the farmer must measure the water dose carefully, especially in sandy soil: If you wish to retain nitrates and phosphorous in the soil, you can't irrigate too much.