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Automatic Furrow Irrigation Systems

Humpherys, A.S. (1979) Automatic Furrow Irrigation Systems. Irrigation Age. 13(5):58-60.

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Many attempts have been made to
simplify irrigation and to reduce irrigating
labor. The success of center pivot
and other mechanized sprinkler systems
in meeting these objectives largely
accounts for their popularity today.
As energy and labor costs increase,
many irrigators are looking for ways to
cut operating expenses by increasing
irrigation efficiency and lessening labor

Although sprinkler irrigation has
grown tremendously in recent years,
about two-thirds of the irrigated acreage
in the United States is still surface
irrigated. According to the latest
available agricultural census and
irrigation survey data, about 24 million
acres, or 41.6% of the total irrigated
acreage in the U.S., is furrow irrigated.
Of that, 22 million acres, or 44%, are in
the 17 western states. In addition, another
14.4 million acres are irrigated by
flooding methods

Item Type: Article
NWISRL Publication Number: 0439
Subjects: Practical farm efficiency
Mass Import - autoclassified (may be erroneous)
Depositing User: Dan Stieneke
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2010 21:52
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2017 20:22
Item ID: 357