Irrigation in the heart of the nation. The Kansas Bostwick Irrigation District is a lifeline for our area farmers and provides surface water irrigation to over 42,500 acres in Jewell and Republic County Kansas. The district is made up of 100 miles of main canals and 150 miles of lateral canals and pipelines that are maintained by their dedicated team of employees.
Kansas Bostwick was incorporated in 1948 and contracted with the Bureau of Reclamation to build the district for a price tag of $5.5 million. They delivered their first water in 1955.
They hold water right #385 with the state of Kansas for flows of the Republican River, and store water at Harlan Reservoir in Nebraska, and locally at Lovewell Reservoir. Every spring they flood their system of canals with water from Lovewell Lake, which is gravity fed to the turnout for our local producers.
A lot has changed in irrigation since 1955. Originally distribution ditches and metal siphon tubes were used to move the water into the field. The next innovation was gated pipe, which helped with water conservation and required less labor. Three-quarters of the district is now irrigated through center pivots, and almost 80% of the lateral canals have been buried which is greatly enhancing the efficiency of the system. Superintendent Jared “Pete” Gile is leading the Bostwick into the future with remotely controlled automated gates which will add reliability and timing to the farmers’ field turnouts.
Our founder Chris Green ran for the Kansas State Senate on a single-ticket issue to help get the Bostwick irrigation district put in place. His efforts, along with the team of businessmen and politicians, continues to add stability to our farming operations, as well as being an important source of jobs in Courtland.
A big surface water salute to the Kansas Bostwick Irrigation District. Welcome Home to the Swedish-American State Bank, Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender.