Inspect and lock down electrical power supplies
Locking down electrical power supplies help prevent vandals from turning wells and pivots on midwinter and minimize potential electrical system damage. Inspect each electrical box in the system from power supply to the last pivot or disconnect on system line for damage and holes that may be access for rodents. Now is an excellent time to inspect grounding system and test resistance.
Create a winter work list for each system
While it is fresh in your memory, list the improvement and repairs needed for each system. As you are inspecting and winterizing your system, add any other areas needing attention to the list of repairs needed. Assign the repair to someone whether it is your people or the local irrigation dealer repair crew, the sooner it gets into the plan the better and more efficient it can be.
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