More and more vegetable farmers are turning to precision irrigation solutions to increase vegetable yield quality and quantity. It may however seem like many solutions are too advanced for a short-term cash crop. There are however solutions perfectly suited to seasonal crops and single or limited season implementation.
Is it necessary to install the most advanced driplines on my vegetable crop?
No, if the attributes of advanced heavy wall driplines aimed at multi-seasonal use is more than your crop needs and your circumstances allow, these driplines become a waste of money and labour. Thin wall driplines can lead to significant cost savings when some attributes are no longer crucial.
How much water can I save by switching to drip irrigation?
When compared to flood irrigation, you can save up to 30% in water and increase yields by more than 30%. For example, in California, USA studies have shown an increase in yield from 82 ton/ha to 104 ton/ha while using less water.
Can drip irrigation reduce input costs when compared to other irrigation methods?
Yes! Other systems require someone more labour throughout the season. Furthermore, less water and fertiliser is used, also reducing input cots.
Why should I choose drip rather than other irrigation methods that seem to be less expensive?
It’s not about cost, it’s about making the best investment. It’s been proven that drip irrigation increases processing tomatoes yield, while also improving Brix levels. In addition, drip technology leads to significant savings in water, fertiliser and labour.
Can drip irrigation systems be activated remotely?
Drip irrigation and automation are easily combined and make your irrigation more efficient. It is possible to add digital tools, such as ground sensors and a remote control to optimise your yields and resources.