11 Disadvantages of Center Pivot Irrigation Systems

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11 Disadvantages of center pivot irrigation:

  • Not suitable to irrigate a large rectangle or a square field
  • Unequal distribution of water and fertilizers
  • Irrigation efficiency is usually much lower
  • Crops sensitive to stream or crown wetting
  • Lack of aeration in the root zone
  • Wind affects the water distribution
  • Evaporation losses can be high
  • High labor requirements for some systems
  • Some soils may cause problems for continuous move systems
  • Plant disease can arise from wetting or salts in the water
  • Maintenance costs are relatively high
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