7 Reasons Why Experts Recommend Drip Irrigation at Sprinktech
Efficient water usage:
During irrigation, water is lost in various ways. These include runoffs, evaporation, deep percolation to zones that are inaccessible by crop roots and other ways. During drip irrigation, water is applied where it is required, when it is needed. The percentage of water that is effectively used by plants during drip irrigation is 90% which is way better than the other irrigation systems. This is the major reason why drip irrigation is recommended for farms with limited water resources.
Efficient fertilizer application.
We recommend Drip irrigation which makes fertilization possible. Fertilizers that dissolve in water can be applied through the irrigation water. This leads to reduced nutrients loss and fertilizer costs because the fertilizers are applied in the root zones of the crops where they are needed.
Less labor costs:
The labor requirement is less in drip irrigation when compared to the irrigation types because the turn of a valve enables the whole system to open or shut down. Other activities like weeding and pruning can also be carried out alongside irrigation which reduces the man hours required on the farm. When we recommend Drip irrigation, it ensures that weeds do not access as much water and nutrients as the crops. This limits their development which in turn reduces weeding costs.
The efficient application of water and fertilizers leads to a favorable root zone which leads to healthier growth. The selective application of water in only the root zone leaves the rest of the soil dry which suppresses the development of weeds, pests and other unwanted pathogens while supporting favorable conditions like constant moisture and nutrient levels for the crop and hence higher yields.
Reduced crop infections;
Some fungal infections and water-borne pests are spread through water movement. When we recommend Drip irrigation, only the root zone receives water and so that means such infections and pests are reduced.
Elimination of soil erosion;
The major cause of soil erosion is running water. With drip irrigation, their limited exposure of the soil surface to water and relatively no running water. This implies the elimination of soil erosion is completely
Low energy requirement.
Drip Irrigation is done under gravity or even moderately low pressure than conventional pressurized systems. This means that the energy requirement and the costs that come with it are lowered.