Solar power saves irrigation costs

Each rotation of the centre pivots driven by solar power on this farm means money back in these farmers’ pockets. After nearly four years of using the system, they’re still singing its praises. For father and son team, Joppie (53) and Dewald (25) Opperman of the farm Hazeldene near Cradock…

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Repair centre pivots simply and safely

Struggling in the mud under a centre pivot, with a jack balancing on wooden blocks, is now a thing of the past, thanks to a grain farmer’s smart idea. Johan van der Merwe did the reporting. Flat tyres and broken gearboxes on centre pivots can now be safely repaired in…

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Step wheel saves on centre-pivot irrigation costs

Two farmers designed and built a centre pivot wheel that won’t deteriorate in the sun and can’t go flat or burst. It’s always bothered Mr. Ampie Venter from Orania in South Africa that a centre pivot irrigation system’s tyres are forever being damaged by the sun. “The tread of the…

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