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In the flow Dryden tinkerer invents irrigation screen that cleans itself

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DRYDEN — A sweeping change is in the pipeline for irrigators that could save them hours of work daily and bin-loads of money in years to come.

The self-cleaning irrigation ditch screen — or SCIDS (pronounced “skids”) — is a simple, patent-pending invention by former Dryden orchardist, metal fabricator and lifelong tinkerer Frank Andrews.

OK, design of the prototype took him 33 years — “I just kept thinking and thinking,” he laughed — but the result is a…

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