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Center pivots vs flood - irrigation comparison

Center Pivot vs Flood Irrigation

Determine the Best Option for Your Fields


What is Flood Irrigation?

Flood irrigation (also known as "surface irrigation") is an irrigation method used to flush standing water into a crop field. Because it must use an extraordinary amount of water, as well as pump pressure, flood irrigation is considered the least efficient and most wasteful method of irrigation available.

Through years of research, we have found that center pivots and linears are much more efficient to install, maintain, and operate than flood irrigation. Center pivots and linears will save you substantial costs and ensure your available, valuable water is being used efficiently. Because it requires so much water, flood irrigation is only 40% - 50% efficient, compared to the 98%, low-pressure efficiency of center pivot irrigation. Irrigating with the flood method also can cause water logging, which can increase soil salinity - an effect that can reduce your yields and land value.

  Valley Center Pivots 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  

Why Should I Use Center Pivots Instead of Flooding?

  • Resource conservation - save water and energy
  • Higher profitability - lower total input costs
  • Ability to grow crops on land not suitable for flood irrigation - hilly and/or sandy terrain
  • Precision application of chemicals and fertilizers through a center pivot or linear

What Are the Benefits to Society to Using Center Pivots Instead of Flooding?

  • Mechanized irrigation allows for multiple crop rotation, which benefits the soil
  • Fewer CO2 emissions
  • Water conservation
  • Minimal to no leaching of fertilizers and chemicals
  • More food is produced at a lower cost using fewer resources

Your Local Valley Dealer

Only your local Valley dealer can advise and help determine the best choice for your fields. Find your dealer today!