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A Review of Center Pivot Pipeline Solutions for Various Water Qualities

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  2007 ASAE Annual Meeting  072286.(doi:10.13031/2013.23382)
Authors:   Jacob LaRue

Abstract.The paper will open by discussing experiences with customer expectations as to the useful life of their center pivot pipeline. A review will be presented of pipeline solutions utilized over the last thirty years by center pivot manufacturers to meet customer expectations and the performance of the pipeline solutions in various naturally occurring water qualities. A brief discussion of center pivot dealers' solutions that have been used will also be presented. Then the paper will present the changes in the understanding of water quality as it impacts pipeline life of a center pivot and the differences when compared to the agronomic impact of a particular water quality. Current issues in water quality for irrigation including natural occurring water, amendments and crop production products used by farmers will be discussed. A summary of the commercially available solutions offered today by center pivot manufacturers will be presented. The paper will close with suggested needs for future study.

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