In the previous page, we discussed how important it is to conserve water, especially in areas where there is no reliable rainfall, such as in California today where the state is overwhelmed by a deadly, unforgiving drought. Establishing a drip irrigation system is a very good way to conserve water.
Drip irrigation, although can be tedious to establish and properly install, has countless benefits, making its rewards far outweigh the costs. Drip irrigation is a breakthrough method of irrigation and we should utilize it completely in order to take advantage of such an efficient technique. To read more about the need to conserve water, please go back to Main Page. Among the many rewards of drip irrigation include:
– Greater water implementation uniformity and stability, resulting in greater crop uniformity. This is because drip irrigation systems, if installed properly, would water in a uniform manner, allowing water to be constantly available to the plant, maximizing growth results.
– Less soil wetting, resulting in less weed competition and also lower water losses due to evaporation. This is because water is applied directly to the roots of the plants, so almost all the water is taken up by the plant.
– Greater accuracy of water application, resulting in less water used and therefore, less water lost
– Greater ability to control and manipulate water content of the soil in order to improve access of the field and minimize animal impact
– Huge increase in disease control as a result of reduced foliar wetting and improved oxygenation of the root zone
– Ability and control to apply various nutrients needed by the plants directly to the prime spot – the center – of the active root zone, making for an extremely efficient and immediate uptake by the crops
– Easy to automate irrigation operations. This is because it can all be computerized. All you have to do is enter what times you want your plants to be watered, and it doe the rest!
– Ability to control plant stress
– Ability to apply macro and micro nutrients during all and every stages of crop growing (this basically means spoon feeding the plant, which allows farmers to use less nutrients to achieve a better result due to greater efficiency
– Reduce variability that comes with growing various different crops and get consistent yields. This also applies to crops of the same type. For example, if you grow 15 tomato plants, you will no longer have a couple well-developed plants with large outputs and a couple of plants with almost no output. You will have greater consistency.
– Reduce the impact of weather changes on the crops, therefore optimizing crop potential
– Save water by nearly 50%!!! That is, use 1/2 of the water you use without drip irrigation!
– Reduces input cost substantially because of reductions in:
– Pumping costs as a result of lower volume requirements and lower pressure
– Losses of chemicals and fertilizers due to inefficiencies
– Costs associated with plant disease and weed removal
The list goes on and on. It is endless! In short, there are many advantages of installing a drip irrigation system. In order for society to be more efficient in agriculture and to save water and have a greater crop yield, it is important that drip irrigation systems continue to be established throughout the world. No other irrigation technique has the ability to achieve the same level of distribution uniformity of drip irrigation. We must do everything in our ability to conserve as much water as possible, and installing a drip irrigation system is a great way to save water. The process to establish takes very little time and is very rewarding. See instructions on how to establish a drip irrigation system on this website to learn how to do it! It is a surprisingly easy process, and we walk you through it, step by step! If you convince your neighbors to do the same, double points for you!
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On the other hand, establishing a drip irrigation system does not come without its costs and downfalls. As with pretty much everything else, a drip irrigation system has advantages and disadvantages. There are pros and cons of a drip irrigation system. Here are some cons, or disadvantages that come with drip irrigation:
- Drip irrigation can be high-maintenance: before having a system installed, there are certain maintenance considerations which you should make yourself aware of. In general, drip irrigation systems require greater maintenance and upkeep than traditional irrigation systems.
- Drip irrigation systems require regular system flush-outs: About every month or so, a drip irrigation systems needs a system flush-out. This all depends on the type of water that goes through the tubing you have installed, and the tubing itself. This is why it is good to invest in good tubing. For good tubing, check this one it, it is the best tubing for its price:
- The use of drip irrigation is limited: in short, there are limited uses for drip irrigation. For example, drip irrigation systems are generally not used for a lawn area as these areas normally require traditional irrigation systems which disperse water throughout the lawn. However, even though the use of drip irrigation is limited by the very nature of the system, it can still be used for most of the irrigation that you need, such as watering plants.
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We hope that you continue learning about drip irrigation systems and that you are able to install one at your house following our easy-to-follow guide on how to establish a drip irrigation system! To see this guide, go to the next article! Spread the your to your family, neighbors, and friends!