Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Agricultural Engineering


Sprinkler irrigation has been practiced for the last several decades; it is not a new or special method of irrigation. Its use on other than specialized and garden crops has spread very rapidly during recent years. Several factors may have helped bring about this change. Some of the more important are:
1. The realization of the detrimental effects of short drought periods during the growing season even in comparatively wet years.
2. The availability of improved irrigation equipment.
3. The desire of farmers to eliminate weather risks in the production of high income farm products.
4. news articles on Missouri River Basin Development.
On many existing irrigation projects, established irrigation farmers wish to install sprinklers in order to improve irrigation application, conserves water and to adjust their practices to improved cropping methods and more convenient working hours. On many of the new proposed irrigation projects in the North Central States, irrigation by sprinklers is considered the best and perhaps the only feasible method of water application. Special soil conditions, topography or crop requirements cause other methods to be impractical. Sprinkler irrigation helps to minimize water seepage problems.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Irrigation farming


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South Dakota State University


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