By: Tammy Ott
As the snowflakes fly, it is hard to believe that in a few short months we will be planting again! Before planting season begins, there are many maintenance items around the farm that should be addressed to help ensure equipment longevity. Unlike other equipment, the center pivot doesn’t spend the winter in the shed. Therefore, it is important to do any preventative maintenance before spring planting to help ensure the reliability of the pivot during the peak irrigation season. As with any piece of equipment, it is always important to consult the manufacturer’s manual for instructions.
The following checklist can help ensure safe operating condition of the pivot, help prevent costly downtime in season and help extend the life of your investment.
These and any other manufacturer’s preseason checklist items can help save you time and money when crops are in peak water demand during the long, hot days of summer.
Additional Irrigation Information:
Irrigation equipment needs regular maintenance. 2015. Agronomy Advice. Channel.com. http://www.channel.com/agronomics/Documents/AgronomicContentPDF/IrrigationEquipmentNeedsRegularMaintenance_Channel_Advice.pdf
Corn irrigation scheduling. 2015. Agronomy Advice. Channel.com. http://www.channel.com/agronomics/Documents/AgronomicContentPDF/CornIrrigationScheduling.pdf
Terminating irrigation in corn in the Great Plains area. 2016. Agronomy Advice. Channel.com. http://www.channel.com/agronomics/Documents/AgronomicContentPDF/TerminatingIrrigationinCornintheGreatPlainsArea.pdf
Scheduling irrigation for soybean. 2016. Agronomy Advice. Channel.com. http://www.channel.com/agronomics/Documents/AgronomicContentPDF/SchedulingIrrigationforSoybean.pdf