Consumers rely on farmers for food, and farmers rely on their agricultural irrigation systems to grow the crops. But not all irrigation methods are right for every crop and location. When choosing a system, be sure to consider these three factors.
#1: Your Soil
Soil type is a significant consideration in the type of irrigation you need. If your soil is sandy, you’ll need to water more often as the sand won’t retain the moisture, so you’ll need a system that can withstand frequent cycles. If your soil is more like clay, it can retain moisture more effectively and requires less frequent application and water applied at a lower rate. This will prevent the water from running off and allow it to absorb into the soil.
#2: The Types of Crops
Different crops require different types of irrigation. For example, corn, and soybeans require less precision than vegetables, fruit, and orchards. Whether you use drip irrigation, traveler or center pivot depends on the height of your crops, whether they’re high-value, and how much water they need daily.
#3: The Quality of Your Water
Some systems require filtration before water application to protect the system’s components. The type of crops will also determine the type of system if they require chlorine injections or other additives or filtration to protect the quality and edibility of the food.
Contact the team at W.P. Law, Inc. for the knowledge and experience you need to make sure your crops are getting the irrigation they need.