Description of practice

Pivot irrigation is a method of overhead crop irrigation in which equipment rotates around a pivot and crops are watered with sprinklers. An area centred on the pivot is irrigated, often creating a circular pattern in crops when viewed from above.

Examples of how to use pivot irrigation Further information
(see Note below)

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Center-pivot irrigation

Irrigation pipe and sprinklers rotate round a central pivot which supplies the water. The system is used in large relatively flat fields.



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Lateral-move irrigation

A lateral-move irrigation system is configured to move in a straight line and water is supplied by an irrigation channel running the length of the field. While suited to rectangular fields, it requires complex guiding systems.


┬╗Wikipedia Irrigation sprinkler

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End gun pivot irrigation

Water guns attached to the ends of a pivot system are used to effectively irrigate additional land. Relatively high pressure is needed to supply the guns with enough water.


┬╗Nelson Irrigation

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