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How Center-Pivot irrigation revolutionized Agriculture
Posted: | Author: Travis Stephens
The history of center-pivot irrigation dates back to the early 1900s when the first center-pivot system was invented by American Farmer Frank Zybach. Zybach had the idea to use a wheeled tower and a series of sprinklers to irrigate his land. His invention used a “center pivot” system, which was designed to rotate around a central point, allowing water to be distributed in a circular pattern from the tower.
The first center-pivot system was a success and Zybach quickly patented his invention, allowing for the development of various center-pivot irrigation systems. While many of the early systems used towers and sprinklers, modern center-pivot systems use pivots and booms to distribute water.
Today, center-pivot irrigation is a popular choice for farmers and agriculturalists around the world. The system is versatile, efficient, and can be used in a variety of conditions. Center pivot systems are most commonly used to irrigate crops, but they can also be used to water landscaping, turf, and even livestock.
The advantages of center pivot irrigation are numerous. The system is cost-effective, requires minimal labor, and can be used in remote areas where other irrigation systems are not available. Additionally, center pivot systems can be programmed to operate automatically.