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The Advantages of Mechanized Irrigation

Pablo Horenstein
Pablo Horenstein
03 Jun 2024
Last updated: 10 Jul 2024

Mechanized Irrigation (mainly center pivots, but also laterals & other irrigation machines etc.) is a modern method of crop irrigation that has revolutionized agriculture since its invention in the mid-20th century. This innovative technique involves the use of large, rotating irrigation machines mounted on wheels, which pivot around a central point, hence the name "Center Pivot”.

The system typically consists of a long water pipe supported by towers or trusses, with sprinklers or drip emitters evenly spaced along its length. The entire structure rotates slowly around the central pivot point, covering a circular area of farmland below. This circular coverage ensures efficient water distribution across the field.


One of the key advantages of center pivot irrigation is its ability to deliver water precisely where it is needed, minimizing waste and maximizing crop yields. The rotation of the system creates a uniform distribution of water, helping to prevent overwatering or underwatering in different parts of the field.


Additionally, center pivots irrigation machines can be equipped with advanced technologies such as soil moisture sensors, weather stations, and computerized control systems. These tools allow farmers to monitor and adjust irrigation schedules based on real-time data, optimizing water usage and maximizing crop productivity.  Furthermore, center pivot irrigation offers significant labor savings compared to traditional irrigation methods such as flood irrigation or furrow irrigation. 


With automated operation and minimal manual intervention required, farmers can allocate their time and resources more efficiently, leading to increased profitability and sustainability.


The widespread adoption of Mechanized Irrigation has had a transformative impact on agriculture worldwide. By improving water efficiency, reducing labor costs, reducing infrastructure cost, and enhancing crop yields, this technology plays a crucial role in meeting the growing global demand for food while conserving precious natural resources.


In conclusion, Mechanized irrigation represents a remarkable advancement in agricultural technology, offering farmers a powerful tool to enhance productivity, profitability, and sustainability. As the challenges of feeding a growing population and mitigating climate change continue to escalate, the importance of efficient irrigation methods like center pivot cannot be overstated.


Would you like to dive deeper? Here is a recording of our recent Solutions for Center Pivot and Lateral Movements Market Webinar:

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Topics: Irrigation, BERMAD webinar

Pablo Horenstein

Written by Pablo Horenstein

Pablo Horenstein is BERMAD’s applications engineer supporting Latin America. Pablo has over 20 years of experience in the irrigation industry, including projects, design & installation.

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