Dec. 31 2019 06:00 AM

As 2019 comes to a close, check out our top 10 news articles from the year.

What a year it’s been for the green industry! Between new legislation and regulations to acquisitions and irrigation success stories, many changes impacted the industry. As 2019 comes to a close, check out our top 10 news articles from the year.

California requires pressure-regulating spray heads

California has officially adopted a regulation requiring that any new spray sprinklers installed in 2020 must incorporate pressure regulators. Spray sprinklers in the state will be required to be sold with a component that restricts water flow as close as possible to 30 pounds per square inch. Read More

DHS issues additional 30,000 H-2B visas

The Department of Homeland Security announced March 29 that it would issue 30,000 more H-2B visas for the remainder of fiscal year 2019. This is in addition to the initial cap of 66,000 visas set by Congress for the fiscal year. This is the third year in a row DHS has increased the H-2B visa cap. Read More

The Toro Company acquires The Charles Machine Works

The Toro Company, Bloomington, Minnesota, acquired privately held The Charles Machine Works Inc., an Oklahoma corporation and the parent company of Ditch Witch and several other leading brands in the underground construction market, for $700 million in cash. The company, known as “The Underground Authority,” generated calendar year 2018 revenues of approximately $725 million. Read More

Bayer invests $5.6 billion in nonglyphosate weed killers

Bayer announced it plans to invest about $5.6 billion of its research and development budget on alternatives to its glyphosate weed killer over the next decade. This announcement comes as the company faces more than 13,000 lawsuits claiming its herbicide causes cancer. Read More

Texas city wins awards for successful water conservation program

The water conservation program BV WaterSmart of Brazos Valley, Texas, won two state awards this year for its water conservation efforts and educational activities toward reducing water waste. Since 2010, the program in College Station, a city in Brazos Valley, has contributed to a cumulative annual water use reduction amounting to approximately two months of the city’s water use. Read More

Arrowhead Stadium resods field after severe weather

During the Kansas City Chief’s divisional playoff win against the Colts on Jan. 12, the area around the home team’s Arrowhead Stadium got around 10 inches of snow. The snow damaged the turf and forced the Arrowhead Stadium groundskeepers to unexpectedly resod the field. Read More

EPA WaterSense to begin labeling soil moisture sensors

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program plans to start labeling soil moisture sensors. Once the new WaterSense specification is final, partners can begin applying to label or promote labeled SMSs. EPA anticipates labeling to begin by summer 2020. Read More

Student water managers save school district 18 million gallons of water

In the span between 2015 and 2017, the Canyons school district in Draper, Utah, saved 18 million gallons of water thanks to some astute water managers. These water managers don’t have CWM, CIC, CLIA or any other initials indicating Irrigation Association certifications after their names, though, because they’ve either just graduated from high school or are still attending. Read More

Yanmar completes acquisition of ASV Holdings

Yanmar Group, with U.S. headquarters in Adairsville, Georgia, acquired ASV Holdings Inc., a manufacturer of compact tracked loaders and skid-steer loaders, for $70.70 million. ASV’s independent dealer network in North America has joined Yanmar’s existing global construction equipment operations. Read More

Workshop teaches UGA Extension agents best irrigation practices

The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension program has traditionally helped farmers use water wisely, but now it’s helping county agents in urban areas teach their clients how to better manage water wisely in the landscape, especially through irrigation systems. Read More