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Remembering windmills, and scoping out the rise of irrigationRemembering windmills, and scoping out the rise of irrigation

The Around Farm Progress podcast offers background on unique museum from a windmill-making family; and we look at how irrigation use has evolved.

Willie Vogt

March 26, 2021

The vintage windmill is a familiar sight that's disappearing from the country, but Curt Arens, editor of Nebraska Farmer, found a museum that honors the tradition of these machines. He shared his experience visiting the museum, and what he learned in the latest episode of Around Farm Progress. And if you want to check out images from the museum, visit the slideshow online.

Curt also did a little time traveling by going back into a 1955 edition of Nebraska Farmer to look at the state of irrigation then compared to now. This is one the ongoing Then and Now columns Arens writes and helps paint a fascinating picture of change in the state.

Nebraska is the No. 1 irrigation state, and home to many major pivot manufacturers. He shares his insight on what he learned, including a discussion of how the irrigation industry has changed. And check out his look at the historic rise of irrigation.

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About the Author(s)

Willie Vogt

Executive Director, Content and User Engagement

Willie Vogt has been covering agricultural technology advancements for more than 40 years. He is passionate about helping farmers better understand how technology can help them succeed, when appropriately applied. His work has involved launches of several new products in agriculture during his career, and he continues to work to help farmers keep up with what's new.

As editorial director, he works with the Farm Progress staff as they strive to help farmers succeed in an ever-changing agricultural environment.

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