# Who invented the center pivot irrigation?

## Who invented the center pivot irrigation?

farmer Frank Zybach
In the mid-20th century, Nebraska farmer Frank Zybach invented center-pivot irrigation and transformed agricultural production worldwide.

When was the first center pivot irrigation invented?

In 1948, an innovative Nebraska farmer named Frank Zybach developed a new type of sprinkler system, the center pivot, which he patented in 1952.

How many gallons per minute does a pivot take?

This example shows the minimum water supply rate for a center pivot equipped with high pressure impact sprinklers should be approximately 772 gallons per minute (656/0.85). The minimum system flow rate for a center pivot with low pressure spray nozzles at truss rod height would be 690 gpm (656/0.95).

### What is center pivot irrigation used for?

They allow farmers to irrigate crops with a fraction of the labor required by traditional methods and do it with closer control of when and how much water they applied. As a result, center pivots can efficiently water an entire field and meet the crop’s irrigation needs while using less water.

How many acres does a pivot cover?

How many acres can you cover with a pivot? 400m long pivots are the most common length. With an end gun operating a 400m pivot could effectively irrigate up to 140 acres under good wind conditions. A 500m pivot can cover up to 220 acres in low wind conditions.

How much water do I need to run a pivot?

Most center pivots are designed to be capable of applying 0.3 inches over 24 hours at 6 gpm/ac, meaning you could potentially apply just over 2 inches in a week. Two inches per week or 9 inches in a month is more than enough water to meet a crop’s water use requirements in the humid East.

#### What does a center pivot irrigation system cost?

Standard 160 acre system and end gun with actual irrigated area of 132 acres installed at a cost of \$48,000 with a power and water source and connecting equipment cost of \$30,000.

How much water does a center pivot use?

Who makes Lockwood irrigation systems?

Lockwood Corporation actually started in 1935 in Gering, Nebraska, to produce potato-farming equipment. In 1969, they decided to get into the irrigation business and bought a small Texas firm that was making the “Hydro-Cycle” pivot system. They moved the operation to Gering and completely redesigned the system.

## What Lockwood systems do we support?

We produce a wide variety of ‘Genuine’ Lockwood components and support every machine produced whether it be structural, controls, or drive train. Here are some of Lockwood systems we support: * Zimmatic, Valley, Reinke, T-L, Lockwood, Pierce, Tumac, Raincat, Gifford Hill and Olson are trademarks of their respective owners.

Who is the inventor of the center pivot?

Reinke. Richard Reinke was a Nebraska farmer’s son who taught himself to be an engineer and draftsman. In 1954, he started Reinke Manufacturing in Deshler, Nebraska, and introduced his first center pivot system in 1966. To avoid infringing on Valley’s patents, Reinke had to come up with new ideas, and he did.

Are there any center pivot manufacturing companies left?

Pivots Go Worldwide. Today, only six center pivot manufacturing companies are left, and the four largest – Valmont, Lindsay, Reinke, and T-L – are in Nebraska. On this “Then & Now” page, today’s center pivot market is outlined.