Not sure how many times I’ve had people ask me about these “big spoke things” going across fields, otherwise known as a center pivot and and used in center pivot irrigation. They are definitely easier to understand if a center pivot is running. They are intriguing I admit, and with a span that covers hundreds of acres, they are certainly something to behold.
The connection most people will make is to the sprinkler of sprinkler system in a front yard. And while it’s conceptually similar, the precision with which water used is amazing. The knowledge of the water source is also impressive.
For instance, the pivot in this photo was running and when I saw a Deltapine cotton variety sign at the highway, I figured, I may as well stop & shoot a really short clip of video.
Since I had been driving through the Mississippi Delta the night before, my car was in a bad state – windshield was NASTY from my car’s attempt to make it through the buggy mess. I did a rather common thing, stopped under the pivot’s spray trying to clear the windshield.
That done, I pulled back far enough to shoot some video. In typical farm fashion, a pickup emerged from nowhere and pulled alongside me. He asked if I had seen a pivot before and I introduced myself and explained. He said I should make myself at home; he needed to get going to check another pivot.
Before he pulled away though, he pointed out that with the close proximity of the Mississippi River, I should be sure to wash the car later. Such a shallow well has a high iron content that could play games with a paint job in the long term. I hit a huge storm 30 minutes down the highway that washed the pivot away.
Such hospitality and I didn’t even catch his name.