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Old 04-08-2013, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Hi there! I've just got a quick question to ask about agriculture I was hoping someone here might know the answer to. I've noticed that in certain parts of rural America, especially in the west, it's common to see fields cultivated in what appears to be a round pattern. Here's a google maps image of what I'm talking about:

https://maps.google.ca/maps?q=boise&...ed+States&z=13

Now, we don't have anything like that in my little corner of the world, so I was just curious as to what these round patterns were all about. Thank you in advance for taking the time to read my post!
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Old 04-09-2013, 01:18 AM
 
Location: so cal
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Pivot irrigation.
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Old 04-09-2013, 04:57 AM
 
Location: Canada
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Pivot irrigation.
I suspected it had to do with irrigation, but now I know what words to look up so I can read about it. Thank you for answering my question.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Alien landing sites.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:27 AM
 
Location: A Very Naughtytown In Northwestern Montanifornia U.S.A.
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Alien landing sites.


No ~~~~ "Crop Circles", ~~~~ sorry I couldn't resist.

Really those pivots are a bit pricey. Most of them in our area are Zimmatic models and run about $100,000 each. They also require a lot of high pressure water and they're a lot more complicated in design than they appear. They come in several sizes and brands and have evolved quite a bit since they were first invented.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Prepperland
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Round fields are dangerous. Many a farmer has gotten lost when trying to plow to the "end of the field."
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:39 AM
 
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The row crops are not planted in circles, however
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:47 AM
 
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The row crops are not planted in circles, however
That hadn't occurred to me.

Is it because tractors and other cultivating/harvesting equipment are more linearly oriented?
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:56 AM
 
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That hadn't occurred to me.

Is it because tractors and other cultivating/harvesting equipment are more linearly oriented?
Yup !
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:52 PM
 
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When spreading seed or fertilizer, how does the linear-oriented machine cope with the circular perimeter of the field and avoid wasting it on the field outside of the irrigated area?
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