One major issue with farm productivity is hauling equipment and materials. Moving feed, fertilizer and water around your farm may add character and deliver that desired grit to a farmer's lifestyle, but if you can automate the process in a few places, you could elevate your farm's yields to greater heights with just modest investments. Consider a few ways that your water and fertilizer hauling could be made easier with a few pumps and hoses.

Water Pumping And Direction

You're not still using a hand pump, are you? They're great for nostalgia and a nice symbol of the farm, but if you haven't really looked at a hydraulic's pump power, its time to do a little research. Even if you have a pump, if you simply picked up the first available pump at a decent price, here's a few other things to understand.

The idea is to pump a supply line of water from one part of the farm to the other. There's many different ways to get he job done and you can do a few different things with the system once the framework is complete, but for now, focus on getting a water supply line from the pump to wherever you need water.

The water supply line needs to be thicker than the average garden hose. This is because the speed and volume of water transferring from one place to another needs to be big enough to be useful on the other end. About four or five inch diameter pipes or water line hosing should be enough. A 2 to 5hp (horsepower) pump should be enough to fill the pipe and begin transit.

You don't necessarily have to invest in a single, big pump. It may be cheaper to add smaller inline pumps, and these inline pumps can help you in different ways. Water will speed up as they're sucking through the inline pumps, and you can get multi-directional pumps to send water into a third direction. The main water supply line can go to the end of your farm, but you can attach smaller hoses at the inline pumps to water crops on the way.

Adding Fertilizer To The Mix

The pipe system can be used as fresh water transit, but it's not hard to turn the system into a fertilizer mixed. At the end of the hose/pipe system or at one of the inline pumps, you can attach a container of natural and organic fertilizers that can be mixed as the water flows through the container.

If you'd like a little more control while still keeping the convenience of the pipe system, simply elevate the inline pump's extra hose and point it into a larger water tank. While the rest of your water fills or distributes for other projects, this tank can be used to manually mix your fertilizer. It's a good idea to stick with the inline pump's path as your main fertilizer mixing area, as fertilizer can eventually clog pumps because of buildup from calcification or simply getting big pieces stuck in the valve. 

To find the fertilizer you need, hoses and pumps that work well with fertilizer-mixed liquids and other accessories, contact an agricultural supply professional. Contact a business, such as Nature Safe for more information.