Sprinkler irrigation is a modern irrigation method. Its application by farmers saves them from the cumbersome work they have to do to irrigate their farms. These systems supply water similar to rainfall. As water is distributed through the pipes, by pumping, it is sprayed into the atmosphere through a sprinkler.
Water is a fundamental element of agricultural survival. It’s what helps crops develop and grow. The process of supply of water to crops is what is known as irrigation. Traditionally, farmers irrigate their farms by moving water from the wells and canals. This is very cumbersome!
Sprinkler systems are highly efficient in their operational activities. Modern Sprinkler Irrigation systems have advanced controllers for water scheduling, exceedingly efficient nozzles which decrease water usage, Rain sensors which avert irrigation prior to the rain, during rain and post-rain. They also have freeze sensors that stop irrigation during freezing temperatures.
Although Sprinkler irrigation systems register high efficiency, they are affected by heavy winds. The wind affects the pattern and distribution of the water which may increase water loss. Nonetheless, this effect can be countered by selecting the right sprinkler irrigation type with the help of a professional.
Suitability to conditions
Sprinkler Irrigation systems provide uniform water across the farming area. They are ideal for all farming land with no leveling of land required. No topsoil is removed hence fertility of the soil is preserved. For this purpose, lateral pipes supplying water are laid out along land contours.
The system is appropriate for use in irrigating crops in a row, however, large sprinklers are not ideal for sprinkling delicate crops such as lettuce. These drops damage the crops.
Also, sprinkler irrigation is most ideal for sandy soils even though they adaptable to most soils. Sprinklers are not suitable for soils like clay which easily form crust. A fine light spray should be used where sprinkler irrigation is the only available option for a farmer.
Minimum Labor requirement
Sprinkler Irrigation systems require less manual labor to operate although require high technical skill to set up. Successful farmers always hire experts to install the systems.
Certainly, using sprinkler irrigation systems is advantageous in places where labor is scarce and costly. In comparison with surface irrigation methods which cultivation area is lost due to cultivation, sprinkler irrigation systems grant you an increase in crop production area by 16%.
Assured Return on Investment.
The initial capital cost of the sprinkler system is relatively high. However, it’s a one-time investment that can reap you many benefits. The life expectancy of the system is 20 years. The components of the system will last you between 10- 15 years without replacement. The technological advancement of the sprinkler system makes it an invaluable resource to own on your farm and worth every penny!
If you are considering buying a sprinkler irrigation system for your farm, Sprinktech Limited offers the best irrigation with free consultancy. Reach out to us via our website at www.sprinktechug.com or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile at +256393240788