Precision irrigation helps you make better use of the world’s most precious resource, so you can produce higher yields every season. Here’s how:
Precision irrigation delivers water and nutrients straight to the root zone of each plant in measured doses that keeps moisture levels optimal. Not more and not less than what the crop needs. Since there is no excessive application of water, and flow rates are moderate, precision irrigation eliminates surface run-off and deep percolation. Designing precision irrigation systems is done according to the soil's ability to absorb water and to the plant's consumption, guaranteeing that water stays in the active root zone and is used by the crop . As a result, you can grow more with less.
Wastewater doesn't have to be waste. It can become an asset. But water carrying pathogens isn’t always usable, with flood, pivot and sprinkler systems contaminating your crops too. On the other hand, when you use drip irrigation, water gets delivered straight to the root zone of the plant. The crop never comes in contact with contaminants, but every plant still gets precisely the amount of water it needs to thrive. Previously useless water is turned into a massive valuable resource.
Applying water by pivot or other large sprinklers causes an evaporative loss of water. If you are irrigating with one of these systems, 15 to 30% of your water evaporates during its journey from the emitter to the ground and never reaches your crop's root zone. Drip irrigation applies water directly to the root zone, which means that the water has no chance to evaporate. This guarantees that you use the water resource optimally and yield a return on every drop of water.
Irrigation systems such as pivot or flood sprinklers apply large quantities of water in a short time, creating extreme saturation conditions in the soil. This results in bad aeration and creates stressful conditions for the roots of the plants that need a delicate balance between water and air. Excessive water also leaches beneficial plant nutrients below the active root zone, resulting in less nutrients available to the crops and less groundwater contamination. Precision irrigation helps you irrigate with perfect quantities and timing according to your soil type and crop needs, resulting in perfect air-water ratios and retained nutrients that are kept where it’s needed.
Today, the best way to deliver optimal yields is also the most sustainable agricultural pratices. Find out how precision irrigation helps solve critical world challenges such as food security and limited arable land.
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