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Control Apple Size and Yield with Precision Irrigation

Growing apples is all about controlling as many variables as possible to achieve uniform size, colour and a longer shelf-life. With precision irrigation, you control both irrigation and nutrition needs.

THE SOLUTION FOR APPLES

Why Choose Precision Irrigation For Apples?

DRIVE PROFITABILITY TO THE MAX

  • A perfect fit
    Modern apple cultivation favours high tree population and dense planting. Drip irrigation distributes water evenly along narrow crop rows while keeping the surface between each row dry. 
  • Ensure consistent production year after year
    Next year's crop depends on how you treat your orchard right now. Precision irrigation and Fertigation™ guarantees healthy trees and spurs today, to boost production capacity tomorrow.
  • Reduce labour costs
    Do it once. Do it right. Harvest the entire orchard simultaneously since precision irrigation fosters uniform flowers and fruit development.
  • Size does matter
    Larger apples command higher prices. By irrigating and fertigating throughout the growing period, you can be sure that your apples will have exactly what they need to reach their optimal size.
Drip irrigation for apples
THE SOLUTION FOR APPLE

Why Drip Irrigation & Micro-Sprinklers

KEEP YOUR TREES HAPPY

  • Smaller root-zones favour drip
    In modern orchards, dwarfing rootstock is commonly used to create compact trees. Although these trees deliver high yields and are easier to pick, their root-zones are limited. Drip irrigation delivers water precisely, ensuring that no resources are wasted.
  • Stress-free fruit
    Water stress not only causes trees to drop fruit; it can also cause physiological disease which, in turn, reduces apple resiliency during cold storage. Don't sacrifice a portion of your yield.
  • Decrease humidity and prevent disease
    High humidity in your apple orchard is a one-way ticket to fungal diseases like scab and mildew. Drip irrigation avoids extra moisture, ultimately reducing spraying requirements.
Drip irrigation for apples
FAQs
FAQs

Apple FAQs: Things We Get Asked Often

  • Can my apples be irrigated remotely?

    Yes. Precision irrigation is easily combined with remote control and automation to make your irrigation more efficient, giving you immediate access from your cellphone, tablet or computer. 

  • Why should I use drip irrigation over other irrigation methods?

    With drip irrigation, you control uniform distribution of water and fertilisers, eliminating wind effects and evaporation from the soil surface. Micro-sprinklers, like GyroSA™, are a possible option, as they are designed to help reduce water usage & allow for uniform distribution of water as well.  

  • Can I use fertilisers in my drip system?

    Yes! Not only can you use them, you can have full control over how much fertiliser you use. Through different trials and best practices from around the world, we have learned that throughout the growing period, fertilising in small doses keeps the nutritional elements continuously available near the plant root-zone. This is more effective than fertilising in large doses during the plant growth period.

  • How can I minimise frost-related risks?

    Frost damages both flowers and fruit, which can lead to a total yield loss. To mitigate risk, take advantage of our full frost mitigation solutions. Choose from classical total area coverage with MegaNet™ or a localised solution with GyroSA™. 

     

  • Comparing apples to apples: How much yield can I expect using precision irrigation?

    Drip irrigation combined with Fertigation™ produces yields of 40 to 90 tons/ha. There are even documented cases in South Africa, Italy and Israel which produced 120 tons/ha using precision irrigation. 

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