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Irrigation method comparisons

Irrigation Comparisons

The Choice is Yours


The concept behind irrigation efficiency is simple – deliver the required water to your crops, when and where they need it. By this standard, surface irrigation (also known as "flood") is the most wasteful method of irrigation with only 40% to 50% efficiency. Though drip irrigation is more efficient than flood, and as efficient as center pivot and linear irrigation, it is more labor intensive than irrigating with center pivots and linears. You must determine the irrigation method that is best for you, and the choice is yours.

At-a-Glance: Irrigation Method Comparison

  Valley Center Pivots Drip Irrigation Flood Irrigation
Provides greater water efficiency  
Reduces energy costs  
Easy to install and maintain    
Easily movable from field to field    
Does not limit crop rotation/tillage options
Equipment can last up to 30 years    
Can be monitored/operated remotely  

Your Local Valley Dealer

Only your local Valley dealer can give you the best advice on center pivot and linear irrigation. Find your dealer today!