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Nutrigation™: the precise combo for perfect crops

24 Apr 2017

Worldwide, farmers are increasingly faced with modern agricultural challenges and the need to find innovative solutions with regard to water scarcity, environmental preservation, and ways to use water, fertilisers and energy more efficiently. As the world's population continues to rise and natural resources come under continuing pressure, this approach to water and efficiency has become more urgent than ever.

Netafim, a global leader in drip and micro-irrigation solutions for sustainable productivity, has delivered exactly these kinds of innovative solutions in over 110 countries across the globe. And no more so than with the critically effective Nutrigation™ systems which offer farmers the ability to have precise control of nutrient delivery and irrigation timing in accordance with the changing needs of their crops.

The Nutrigation System

The Nutrigation System

A cost-effective way to enhance crop quality and yield, Netafim's Nutrigation™ system converts precise pulse fertigation into a uniform Nutrigation™ mix that enables fast and accurate fertiliser injection and reduces energy consumption.

In order to deliver the right amount of nutrients and water at the right time, Netafim has developed a comprehensive range of dosing systems to meet the specific needs of every grower. Giving growers precise control over nutrient and water delivery, the Nutrigation™ process comprises the following three stages:

  • Dissolving solid fertilisers
  • Mixing and distributing dissolved nutrients according to the desired dosing ratios
  • Delivering the precise quantity of nutrients to the plant's root zone.

Leveraging decades of agronomic know-how and in-field deployment experience, Netafim’s world-leading portfolio of dosing systems is comprised of three product families: NetaJet 3G, FertiKit 3G, and NetaFlex 3G.

Available in a variety of models, all three families are:

  • easy to install and operate
  • field proven
  • suitable for varied geographical and climatic conditions
  • easily integrated with Netafim and third-party control and monitoring systems
  • scalable to a wide range of irrigation system flow capacities.

Netajet 3G

The relatively compact NetaJet 3G utilises a small mixing chamber that is designed to ensure remarkably precise fertigation. With its unique, homogeneous solution of HydroMix technology, NetaJet 3G uses up to 5 dosing channels that are based on an accurate and efficient Venturi injector that gets the job done with no moving parts. This includes quick action dosing valves, a visual flow meter and low pressure protection. By ingenious leverage of in-house HydroMix technology, Netafim offers a Nutrigation solution that is compact and precise while enabling cost-effective ways to enhance crop quality and yield.

  • a state-of-the-art mixing chamber delivers a uniform quantity/ratio of nutrients
  • provides the industry's highest level of dosing precision and uniformity
  • improves crop yields and quality by ensuring precise EC and pH control
  • works with a wide range of dosing channel units and flow rates (up to 5 units of 1,000 l/hr each)
  • scales to system flow rates from 5m3/hr to 400m3/hr and up to 8 bar pressure
  • uses a single pump for mixing and injecting nutrients to lower energy consumption
  • operates in greenhouses and net houses
  • optimises resource utilisation for each specific land type and crop
  • extremely accurate and reliable dosing system, preventing water and fertiliser waste while reducing environmental pollution
  • modular system configured to specific client requirements
  • lower cost of ownership and a very fast return on investment.

Netajet 3G

Netaflex 3G

Featuring a state-of-the-art open-tank dosing system, NetaFlex 3G ensures extremely precise and uniform nutrient dosing. A modular CE-compliant system, NetaFlex 3G easily integrates with multiple Netafim and third-party control and monitoring systems.

  • utilises an open-tank mixing design to deliver a uniform quantity/ratio of nutrients in a homogenous solution
  • works with a wide range of dosing channel units and flow rates (up to 6 units of 50-600 l/hr each)
  • scales to system flow rates from 3m3/hr to 64m3/hr
  • operates in greenhouse soil and soilless media.

Netaflex 3G

Fertikit 3G

FertiKit 3G is a highly versatile and accurate dosing system requiring minimal investment. A CE-compliant system available in four models, including two without a booster pump, FertiKit 3G is suitable for a vast range of irrigation system capacities.

  • delivers a uniform quantity/ratio of nutrients thanks to an innovative design
  • works with a wide range of dosing channel units and flow rates (up to 6 units of 50-1,000 l/hr each)
  • scales to system flow rates from 5m3/hr to 700m3/hr and up to 8 bar pressure
  • operates in net houses, open fields and orchards.

Nutrigation Benefits

  • precise Nutrigation based on high accuracy dosing channels
  • quick action dosing valves
  • already dissolved nutrients directed to active root zones for immediate uptake
  • uniform and continuous distribution of nutrients
  • enables optimal nutrition according to plant’s needs
  • provides plant nutrition at precise compositions and rates
  • feeds plants continuously with no temporary deficiencies
  • nutrients are applied directly to the active root zone
  • nutrients use efficiency is maximised, with minimum losses
  • user-friendly fertigation controllers
  • EC & pH measurement and control
  • system reliability and longevity
  • after-sales service.

Summary of Drip Irrigation and Nutrigation Benefits

  • significant improvement in crop quality and yield
  • reduction of water, fertiliser and energy consumption
  • cost-effective solutions and rapid return on investment
  • comprehensive tailoring to plot size, crop type and application
  • reliable, highly-controlled systems
  • reduced loss of nutrients through leaching
  • soil and groundwater contamination minimised
  • less soil compaction, hence better root performance
  • cost saving on machine / manual spreading
  • reduced weed population, hence less herbicide costs
  • higher application flexibility with regard to time, weather and soil
  • special products for greenhouses, soilless culture
  • 100% water soluble
  • free of chloride, sodium, and any other detrimental materials. 

About Netafim

At Netafim we help our customers produce more yields and better crops with less resources. We offer a wide range of state-of-the-art irrigation and complementary solutions for agriculture, landscaping and mining. From drippers and dripperlines, through sprinklers and micro-emitters, to Crop Management Technology (CMT) and greenhouse systems, Netafim's market-leading products and services enable cost-effective irrigation for optimal and sustainable results.

Find out more about our products at: www.netafim.co.za.


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