When it comes to a high-value crop like avocado, reaching commercial production during the second year of production, or increasing yield by 30%, means big profits. Precision irrigation, Nutrigation™ and modern planting practices can make high yields and fast ROI a reality.
I know that many avocado plantations are irrigated by micro-sprinklers. Should I consider it as a viable solution over drip irrigation?
Micro-sprinklers can be excellent precision irrigation emitters in avocado plantations as they create a wetted pattern that is well-correlated to the avocado's root zone. Some farmers prefer micro-sprinkler systems because not only can they tolerate poor quality water, but the visual inspection of the system is easier, and the water jets can be clearly seen. Micro-sprinklers are also a good fit for rocky soils where water distribution may be disrupted by the inconsistent soil texture.
However, micro-sprinklers require 20 - 30% more water than drip irrigation, and potential damage, or wear-and-tear, mean higher maintenance costs.
Although both methods are recognised, we have seen a global shift towards drip irrigation using two dripperlines per row of trees.
What are the benefits of drip irrigation in rainy areas?
In rainy areas, drip irrigation will allow you to deliver water during dry spells and offer an efficient Nutrigation™ system all year round. Precision irrigation lets you spoon feed the tree to prevent nutrient leaching and ensure that every drop of fertiliser is delivered directly to the root zone.
Can drip irrigation systems be activated remotely?
Yes. Advanced digital tools allow you to activate and manage your irrigation and nutrition from the palm of your hand, It is further possible to add other digital tools, such as soil or weather sensors, to optimise your yields and resources.
How does drip irrigation benefit my farm operation?
Avocado production requires an intensive farming, which is simplified with precision irrigation. Farm employees can work in the orchard without being tethered to irrigation or Nutrigation™ scheduling. The delivery of plant protection and fertilisers via the system itself reduces operational complexity.
Can I use fertilisers in my drip system?
Yes. Not only can you use fertilisers, 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 fertilising in small doses throughout the growing period keeps the nutritional elements continuously available near the plant root zone. This is more effective than fertilising in large, less continuous doses.