"You were limited how much you could irrigate because the whole farm wouldn't – it wouldn't run all over. So you ran it down the slope. You had to put in dams to keep the water level in order to be able to get the water out. Otherwise it would be very shallow here and way deep over there and you couldn't control it. So, you had to put in dams. It was a miserable job… The interesting thing is it led to another great business in the area, which was called land leveling. You talk about the economics of irrigation, it's manifold. And we had land levelers all over the place. And people were cutting the high spot down here and filling in the low spot so that the water could run through there and irrigate more and more and more acres."

Gordon Schmidt – Leveling the Land


Other Excerpts from Gordon Schmidt & John Steingard's Interview:

Pearl Harbor
Conscientiouis Objectors
Postwar Fertilizer Use
Building Grain Bins
Miracle of Irrigation
Homemade Drilling Rigs
Plaster Lathe Boxes
Digging Irrigation Wells by Hand
Water Pollution