Case Study Highlights: Irrigation Pump Energy Use Reduction 40% Estimated Payback Period 7.9 months
Key messages: • Irrigation pump energy efficiency was improved by 22% • Irrigation energy use per megalitre was decreased by 28% • Irrigation costs were reduced by 27%, or $222/annum • Estimated payback period on the changes implemented is less than 12 months.
Kely messages: • All good irrigation design starts at the end. • First, calculate the maximum amount of water that needs to be applied. • Then, decide on the time period within which the water needs to be applied. • Make allowances … Continued
Key messages: • After determining the flow rate required to meet crop water use, the next step is selecting the emitter. • A hydraulic analysis helps in determining the size of pipes required for sufficient pressure. • The speed that water flows … Continued
After discussing the results of the first assessment with Stuart, it was decided that flow rates could be increased by combining irrigation stations. During the following 12 months, Stuart trialled combinations of stations, and found that three stations could be run together, … Continued
Irrigation scheduling is about matching the duration of an irrigation event to plant needs, taking into account the factors of plant growth phase, rainfall and climate as well as the infiltration rate of the soil or growing medium.
The implementation of a simple yet strict routine maintenance program for Drip-Irrigation systems will: Keep the system running at peak performance. Increasing the system’s life expectancy. The following chapters will guide you in determining the correct procedure and implementation. The … Continued
The delivery of water to the plants is a key aspect of cut flower production. The amount, quality and application of irrigation should be suitable for each particular crop and situation. Getting the water right could make the difference between … Continued
Guidelines for producing lilies as cut flowers and pot plants
An efficient irrigation system that has been designed for your crop and farm is an essential feature of a successful flower growing business. In the last issue, we looked at the features of an irrigation system and some important steps … Continued