Rice is a critical food staple for much of the planet. Using Nelson 3000 Series Pivot Products, Center Pivot Irrigation systems can now bring new ground into production and improve irrigation efficiencies on existing rice fields around the world.
Irrigating rice with mechanized systems is a recent and exciting evolution in irrigated agriculture. By combining modern agricultural technologies like Nelson 3000 Series Pivot Products, Pressure Regulators, and 800 Series Control Valves to replace traditional flood irrigation methods, rice producers are now successfully irrigating rice on ground that is sloped as well as flat; something that traditional paddy flooding has never been able to accomplish.
Irrigating rice requires light, frequent applications of water in the early part of the season and heavier, consistent applications in the latter part. With the widest throw diameter on drops in the industry, Nelson R3000 Rotators, part circle sprinklers, and pressure regulators are the best way to create highly efficient and effective water application packages for rice and help feed the world while preserving precious water and soil resources. Being able to grow rice in sloped fields can also help areas of the world where too much water is sometimes a problem, allowing growers to manage their soil moisture as needed to maximize production.