Well sizes

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  1. STL11

    STL11 New Member

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    looking to expand one of my impoundments this spring and considering putting in a well for more reliability. Would like to hear from some of you guys that have already done this. How big of a well casing/pump and how many acres do you flood? If you don't mind sharing the price put it up
     
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    There are so many variables to consider you could spend anywhere between $10-$100k. Total acres being irrigated. Crop types. How quickly you want to get it flooded up. Aquifer depth. Soil type. Power source. Etc...and these are just a few of the variables I can come up with my limited knowledge. A typical set up here for rice is a 16" casing with a 40-60 hp gear head. Depending on power supply, you're talking about $20-$40k. A similar set up out in KS, NE, or OK may run closer to $100-$150k. Granted, you likely won't be needing anything that large, but I was just demonstrating the large difference in pricing from on location to another. Best advice I can give you is find a good reputable local irrigation company and get them to give you a quote.

    If you know the total acres, water depth, and how quickly you want to flood it up I can give you a rough estimate on how many gpm you'll need. How to go about putting in a well to provide those gpm would be up to the local irrigation expert.
     
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    Yes there are quite a few variables just wondering what some of the guys have mainly on smaller impoundments <25 acres or so. I have an impoundment now that is about 2.5 acres in moist soil and jap millet currently. Looking to expand to 5 this spring/summer and considering a well. I currently use a 3" trash pump and pump from a near by good size ditch. It would be doable with the trash pump just would have to run it 12-15 8 hr days. I've estimated about 1.5 million gallons would get it to 10" could go less if needed but want to make sure its good water across the whole thing. It was a cutover started from scratch i've been getting cleared a little at a time. This is the first yr i've had food in it. It floods very easy and tons of clay, the ditch i dug to build the dike holds water yr round. I was just curious of anyone elses set up similar. Trying to get an idea of size needed as i'm not really an expert on wells.
     
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    Just depends on how fast you want to fill it up at this point. 3 days? Gonna need 400-500 gpm. Most guys around here can get that with an 8" casing and 10hp electric submersible pump for $10-15k. 2 days? Gonna need closer 800-1000gpm. If you're lucky and having a shallow aquifer you might be able to get that with a 15hp submersible in an 8" casing. Probably looking at $13-18k. If you don't have electricity and need to buy a power unit, you can just about double those prices. At least around here.

    If it's close to the house and you can check on it every day, I wouldn't see any reason to go any larger than 3-500gpm. If it's a couple hours away, I'd want to be able to pump it up over the weekend. That way I can turn it on when I get there for a work weekend and it'll be ready to shut off when I leave.
     
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    Ok thanks thats the kind of info i was looking for. I know it veries with every site but just looking for general price range. Will have a test dug before any casings go in. Still have the ability to use 3" trash pump to help aid a well running. Thanks for the info
     
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    I would look into a 6-8" Pto Relift pump and a used 30-40hp tractor put a Murphy switch on it (auto cut off for temp and oil) and get a roll of poly pipe your set
    Then you have a tractor to start working food plots
    Guarantee cheaper set up then a 8" well and even a 10 hp motor
     
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    I have considered this as well i already have a 35hp tractor. I pump from a small creek about 10ft wide and 6 ft deep. It is currently damned up by beavers so it holds water yr round problem i had last yr was there is a dam behind my property and another few hundred yards down. Last yr i had to bust the 2nd one open by hand to finish pumping. It worked but a total pain which is why i was considering a well. I think i can get around a 400 gpm pto pump for 3-4k just have to deal with the battle of beavers
     
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    You can get a 6-8" Relift around here for well under a grand I see them all the time for 5-800
    And if you aren't constantly fighting beavers you have the wrong bottom ground to duck hunt
    It comes with the territory
     
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    Based upon this comment I must be sitting on a gold mine ;)
     
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    I looked into some pto pumps and some diesel driven trash pumps in the 6" range. Found some not too bad of a price but unfortunately i was at the property yesterday went to check the creek/ditch that i pump from and someone on neighboring property has busted the beaver dams up and all the water was gone down to maybe a ft at best in the bottom. So there goes my water source for that impoundment guess i'm with the less fortunate crowd now and relying on rain to give me what i need there. This was the 2nd yr i've owned this piece and 1st yr actually having some food in there. Sucks to have to rely on that but nothing i can do about it this yr. This whole duck impoundment thing has been one obstacle after another and the odds never seem to be in a hunters favor haha. Hopefully we get more than we did last yr i think from about thanksgiving to the end of feb we only got 2.5" of rain it was a VERY dry winter for me last yr
     

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