The Irrigation Association kicked off Smart Irrigation Month by announcing the recipients of its annual awards.
IA officials created the awards to honor those who have made significant contributions to the irrigation industry. The awards are as follows:
- Jake LaRue is the recipient of the 2019 Industry Achievement Award. As head of the research and development department of Valley Irrigation, LaRue’s career has been devoted to technological advancements. He regularly advises national and international organizations regarding education, standards development and adoption of efficient irrigation technologies. LaRue also holds numerous patents and was integral in the development of several irrigation technologies, including variable rate irrigation, scheduling, telemetry and sensors.
- Monty Teeter is 2019’s Innovator Award recipient. He started Teeter Irrigation in 1977 and developed Dragon-Line, a mobile drip irrigation system that combines the benefits of center pivot and drip irrigation into one system. This innovation primarily focused on finding solutions to overcome hurdles that had slowed the adoption of mobile drip irrigation over the years.
- Carl Kah Jr. has been named the recipient of the 2019 Board of Directors Award. Kah founded K-Rain in 1974 and continues to serve as the company’s CEO. With more than 100 patents to his name, Kah began his innovation in irrigation technologies with his father in a garage in West Palm Beach, Florida, in the 1940s. Since then, he built K-Rain to the company it is today, an “engineering first” company that employs more than 400 people worldwide.
- The Lindsay Corporation’s Riverview LLP project has been named the recipient of the 2019 Vanguard Award. Located near Willcox, Arizona, Riverview LLP’s Coronado Farms operates 196 center pivots over more than 24,000 acres of irrigated farmland. After identifying a primary challenge to ensure the farm’s long-term sustainability through water conservation, Riverview LLP partnered with Lindsay to construct a plan to meet this challenge. The partners in this project included Riverview LLP, a Minnesota-based beef, dairy and crop production partnership; Lindsay Corporation; Lindsay dealer Whitewater Irrigation; Lindsay’s water engineering division IRZ Engineering Consultants; and Watertronics.