Centre Pivots and How Hydrosmart Makes Use of Them
A center pivot irrigator, also known as a centre pivot irrigation system, is a method of irrigation commonly used in agriculture to water large fields or crops. It consists of a central pivot point from which a long, rotating arm extends outward, resembling the shape of a large sprinkler or a radial spoke. This arm is supported by a series of towers or wheeled structures that move along a circular path.
The center pivot irrigator is usually installed in the center of a field, and as it rotates around the pivot point, it distributes water to the surrounding area through sprinklers or spray nozzles mounted on the arm. The water source is typically provided through a pipe or hose connected to the pivot point, and water is pumped from a well, canal, or other water source.
The main advantage of a centre pivot irrigation system is its ability to efficiently water large areas of land with minimal labor. It can cover a circular or semi-circular area of several acres to several hundred acres, depending on the size of the system. The rotation of the pivot arm allows for uniform water distribution, ensuring that crops receive adequate moisture for growth.
Center pivot irrigators are often equipped with sensors and control systems that monitor soil moisture levels and weather conditions. This helps optimize irrigation scheduling and prevent overwatering or underwatering. Additionally, some advanced systems can be remotely controlled and monitored using computer software or mobile applications.
Overall, centre pivot irrigation is a widely used and effective method for irrigating large agricultural fields, increasing crop yields, and conserving water resources.
Does bore water damage center pivots?
Bore water, also known as groundwater extracted from wells or boreholes, can potentially cause damage to center pivot irrigators if certain conditions are not properly addressed. The quality of bore water can vary significantly depending on the location and geology of the aquifer from which it is sourced.
Bore water contains high levels of minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and manganese, as well as other contaminants like sediments or dissolved salts. If the water has excessive mineral content or high salinity, it can lead to the accumulation of mineral deposits on the irrigation equipment, including the sprinklers, nozzles, and pipelines. These deposits can obstruct the flow of water, reduce system efficiency, and potentially cause clogging or blockages.
Bore water with high acidity or alkalinity also is corrosive to the metal components of the center pivot system, including pipes, connectors, and sprinkler heads. Over time, this can lead to corrosion and deterioration of the equipment, affecting its performance and lifespan.
Hydrosmart technology will mitigate damage to Centre Pivot systems from bore water.
Technology such as Hydrosmart can stop corrosion, salinity, scale build up issues from occurring in a electronic no waste stream manner. By addressing water quality concerns and implementing appropriate measures, it is possible to minimize the potential damage that bore water may cause to centre pivot irrigators and ensure the longevity and efficient operation of the irrigation system.