The world is facing a global water crisis, intensified by population growth and climate change. Water is essential to life yet it is a limited and shrinking resource. Given that agriculture accounts for about 70 percent of freshwater use, we must use it efficiently to help solve global water scarcity.
Precision irrigation is key to driving water security. It allows the application of water and nutrients to the plant at the right time and place and in small measured doses so farmers enjoy higher and better yields using fewer resources.
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Today, the best way to deliver bigger, better, more profitable yields is also the most sustainable way to farm. Find out how precision irrigation helps solve critical world challenges like food security and the need for arable land.
What’s the benefit of using drip irrigation vs. pivot or flood in terms of soil conditions?
Irrigation systems such as pivot or flood, apply large quantities of water in a short time and in lower irrigation frequencies. This can create low water availability between irrigation events, and extreme saturation conditions in the soil that results in bad aeration and creates stressful conditions for the plant's roots that need a balance between water and air.
How does drip irrigation eliminate fertilizer leaching?
Designing precision irrigation systems is done according to the soil's ability to absorb water and to the plant's consumption needs, guaranteeing that water stays in the active root zone and is used by the crop. Since fertilizers are applied with the water, having water only in the active root zone guarantees that nutrients are also there and not washed and leached away.
How effective is drip irrigation?
Drip irrigation achieves 95-100% water use efficiency. As a comparison, sprinkler systems have 80-85% water use efficiency and flood and furrow are 60-70% efficient. Efficiency is defined as the effectiveness of the system on crop performance and eventually on yield.
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