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Dave the Limey    Posted 05-06-2002 at 14:42:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I just flew from Dallas to Las Vegas and was amazed by the beautiful sight of hundreds of square fields ploughed or planted to be perfectly circular.

It looks great, but why do the farmers of Texas and New Mexico (and I assume elsewhere in the states) farm in circles?

Greg    Posted 05-06-2002 at 15:48:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's got to be my buddy Chuck. Since last year he couldn't get his crop in to fix his power steering on the tractor. I suggested crop "rotation", guess he took me seriously.!

Sorry Dave, couldn't resist.

I'm with irrigation theory, but it's wasteful
unless the corners are used as suggested. But that must make for pretty tricky harvesting methods.

Katrina    Posted 05-06-2002 at 14:44:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Are you talking about the area they can cover with their sprinklers/irrigation systems?

Dave the Limey    Posted 05-06-2002 at 14:47:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Really? Its that obvious! Sorry for being so daft!

Katrina    Posted 05-06-2002 at 14:52:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just my guess. They usually plant something else in the corners where the sprinklers don't reach that doesn't need as much water like hay or grain. It is beautiful from up in the sky, isn't it?

OW -    Posted 05-06-2002 at 16:02:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was gonna joke about crop circles but naw! lol
I HOPE they use the corners - that's about 1/4 of the total acreage! I know we overproduce, but hey, ya still pay taxes on it, right?

realfarmer    Posted 05-07-2002 at 21:51:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
A typical 160 acre quarter section with a center pivot irrigator will have about 135 acres under water, but some irrigators have units that extend and retract so the corners can be covered as well. They follow (electronically) a wire buried in the ground to irrigate the entire quarter. If the fields are planted in a circle, it is so that equipment does not have to traverse the deep ruts left by the irrigator, which are in a circular pattern.

Andy in Ga.    Posted 05-06-2002 at 14:51:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
They are called center pivot irrigation systems and they crawl around the field slowly. If you really want to see them fly across Kansas. Beautiful sight in the summer. Andy

Hogman    Posted 05-07-2002 at 05:23:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Less see now by doin it in circles like that Ya'd haf'ta
have a zero turn tractor planter,combine etc and get mighty dizzy time Ya got to tha center point.Makes Me giddy just thinkin bout it.
Again, most of Us have tha major problem of allways goin in circles so recon it fits.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-07-2002 at 08:00:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
They just tie a rope on the tractor and go in circles till it pulls them to the middle. Now do they start in the middle or on the out side? Have seen them feilds from the skt and they look kind of neat. Mark H.

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