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Old 04-09-2013, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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The aliens are turning parts of the world into giant GO boards.
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:07 PM
 
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After looking at the map again, I got to thinking that maybe this is grassland for cattle grazing???????? You wouldn't need to plant in rows, but you would want good permanent grass cover.
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:12 PM
 
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After looking at the map again, I got to thinking that maybe this is grassland for cattle grazing???????? You wouldn't need to plant in rows, but you would want good permanent grass cover.
Pivot irrigation for hay, which is not grown in rows, per say. Depending on a lot of things a farmer or rancher may turn cattle onto his pivots for a time. But the pivot fields are primarily for hay production.
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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The aliens are turning parts of the world into giant GO boards.
That would have been my guess. LOL
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:56 PM
 
Location: A Very Naughtytown In Northwestern Montanifornia U.S.A.
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Pivot irrigation for hay, which is not grown in rows, per say. Depending on a lot of things a farmer or rancher may turn cattle onto his pivots for a time. But the pivot fields are primarily for hay production.
That's the way it is in our neck of the woods, or should I say "Our agricultural valley"
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:57 AM
 
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It has to do with center pivot irrigation, look that term up on wikipedia if you like, there is a full description of the benifits, and a few fun pictures.
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Old 04-13-2013, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Northern Wisconsin
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Its pivot irrigation. The irrigation rig is a long pipe on wheels. It has sprinklers all along. The pivot is attached on one end and goes around in a circle to irrigate the field. Yes, they plant row crops. The wheels have their own row so that they don't squish the crop. Its all automatic and can take several days to make a circle, depending on how much water the farmer has. Several wells are normally needed to supply all the water for each pivot. The fields nearby that are not irrigated will be planted in standard straight rows are "dryland." These crops the farmer is just hoping that there will be enough rain this year to get a crop. Lately, that hasn't worked.
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Old 04-13-2013, 10:55 AM
 
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I dont think ive seen pivot irrigation uses for anything but grass or alfalfa...
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Old 04-13-2013, 10:10 PM
 
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It's used for corn and soybeans, too.
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