If you’re in the market for a new farm irrigation system, it can be overwhelming trying to decide what system is the best match for your land, your crops and your budget. Even seasoned farmers can be confused by all of the new irrigation technology. Before you go shopping or meet with an irrigation contractor, it’s good to consider a few basic questions.
What to consider when choosing a farm irrigation system
- What type of system is best for your land, your crops and your budget? There are two basic types of farm irrigation systems–overhead irrigation and drip/micro irrigation. Overhead irrigation systems apply water above the crop using sprinklers, big guns, travelers (traveling guns) or center pivots. Drip/Micro-irrigation systems release water at ground or below ground level, directly to the plants. Drip/Micro-irrigation systems are a good choice for very hot climates where the water will evaporate quickly and for plants that are prone to fungi and diseases aided by water on the leaves.
- Your water source. Do you have an adequate water source to supply your irrigation system? Water sources include wells, ponds, lakes, streams, and canals.
- The lay of the land. The shape of the field and the topography are also considerations when choosing the type of irrigation system you will purchase.
- Manpower. Do you have the workers necessary to maintain and operate your irrigation system? Irrigation systems can be automated in a number of ways to make the operation and management of your system easy.
To learn more about which irrigation system is best for your application, contact W. P. Law, Inc.