The center pivot had a huge impact on irrigation; for the first time in history, farmers could accurately, precisely, and quickly water any crop in any field without even having to be present at the field. The center pivot has made it possible to farm in places where it was previously impossible and where it was previously possible, larger crops could be produced.
"You can see the impact of center pivots
when you fly in an airplane and
look down and see circles everywhere."
Michelle Stolte, Valmont Industries
"Normally in our semi-arid climates, we receive
18-20" of precipitation a year. Corn, potatoes,
and other crops need up to 40 inches of water
a year to be really productive. A pivot sprinkler
can put down 4 inches of water overnight. "
"Its impact...is staggering"
Leslie Sheffield, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
"It's the most efficient way to irrigate."
Terry McClain, Vice President and CFO of Valmont Industries
"...no one can deny how much the center pivot has revolutionized agriculture."
I-70 Scout, August 2001