Center Pivot Irrigation

Benton County is reliant on irrigation to sustain any sort of crop, as it is naturally dry and unproductive shrub-steppe. A goofy patchwork of center pivot irrigation is overlaid on the elevation contours and property boundaries to yield a reasonably efficient coverage of usable land.

The pattern changes each year as individual circles are cycled through different crops or left fallow. The satellite view matches up if you ignore colors and instead look at the pattern along the valley; this view is south-southwest.


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