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Does Center Pivot Irrigation Have a Future to Continue to Meet the World’s Needs for Efficient and Precise Irrigation?

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

Citation:  5th National Decennial Irrigation Conference Proceedings, 5-8 December 2010, Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona USA  IRR10-10032.(doi:10.13031/2013.35845)
Authors:   Barry Ruffalo, Bob Friehe, Paul Meyer, Kevin Dickson, Jacob L LaRue
Keywords:   Irrigation, Center Pivots, Precise Irrigation, Precision Irrigation

This paper will be presented from the industry perspective. It will begin with a brief discussion of the history of center pivot irrigation, focused on the original drivers for the center pivot and changes that have occurred over the last thirty years. Then the discussion will move to look at todays center pivot irrigation equipment features / benefits and limitations. Next, the paper will explore what are believed to be the trends and needs in irrigation for the next ten years and how center pivots will address the needs farmers want and require. In addition, material will be presented to how center pivots are addressing the need to conserve resources while providing food for the world. The paper will close with a discussion of future needs for research and development for center pivots.

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