precision irrigation system Articles

  • Why Drip Irrigation Design is Crucial to Your Success

    Drip irrigation is one of the most cost-effective and efficient watering methods in agriculture. It has become incredibly popular in the past 50-years and has been widely adopted by agriculturalists in dozens of countries throughout the world. In simple term, drip irrigation works by sending water through plastic pipes into drip emitters. These emitters are specifically designed to release water ...


    By KIM

  • Group decision-making in land evaluation for irrigation: a case study from Serbia

    Presented in this paper is a methodology for a spatially based multi-criteria evaluation of land suitability for irrigation (IR). A group of experts use the analytic hierarchy process (AHP) and the consensus convergence model (CCM) to define weights of factors relevant in validating areas of land as suitable for IR and to develop IR suitability maps in the geographic information system (GIS) ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Lindsay Irrigation advances VFD Pump Control case Study

    Put more"UMP" in your pump with VFD control Like most farmers, third-generation Nebraska corn grower Brian Wall is constantly looking for ways to make his farming operation more efficient and profitable. One of the ways he is doing that is by using variable frequency drive (VFD) control technology. Wall recently installed a Lindsay Watertronics VFD control panel on his 100 horsepower irrigation ...


    By Lindsay Corporation

  • Normalized difference vegetation index and soil color-based management zones in irrigated maize

    Spectral vegetation indices such as the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) have been shown to be useful for indirectly obtaining crop information such as photosynthetic efficiency, productivity potential, and potential yield. The objectives of this study were (i) to examine the relationships among NDVI determined early in the growing season, soil color-based management zones (SCMZ), ...

  • Procedure for rapid determination of δ15N and δ18O values of nitrate: development and application to an irrigated rice paddy watershed

    The dual isotope approach using the stable isotope ratios of nitrate nitrogen (δ15NNO3) and oxygen (δ18ONO3) is a strong tool for identifying the history of nitrate in various environments. Basically, a rapid procedure for determining δ15NNO3 and δ18ONO3 values is required to analyze many more samples quickly and thus save ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Coffee production systems

    Types of production systems Roughly, five types of coffee production systems can be distinguished (Moguel, 1996, in Courville, forthcoming): 1)Traditional rustic coffee system: coffee production under forest trees by substitution of plants growing on the floor of a (sub)-tropical forest with coffee. There is a minimal impact on the original forest ecosystem; 2)Traditional polyculture system ...

  • Optimization of a multiple reservoir system operation using a combination of genetic algorithm and discrete differential dynamic programming: a case study in Mae Klong system, Thailand

    A combination of genetic algorithm and discrete differential dynamic programming approach (called GA-DDDP) is proposed and developed to optimize the operation of the multiple reservoir system. The demonstration is carried out through application to the Mae Klong system in Thailand. The objective of optimization is to obtain the optimal operating policies by minimizing the total irrigation ...


    By Springer

  • Potential water savings associated with agricultural water efficiency improvements: a case study of California, USA

    This study analyzes the potential for water savings from irrigation efficiency improvements in California, USA. We model water savings associated with three efficiency scenarios in wet, average and dry water years. The ‘efficient irrigation technology’ scenario shifts a fraction of the crops from flood irrigation to sprinkler and drip systems; the ‘improved irrigation scheduling’ scenario uses ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Spatial mapping of complex turfgrass sites: site-specific management units and protocols

    Site-specific management units (SSMUs), similar in soil, plant, and irrigation requirements, are foundational to efficient management in precision agriculture. This concept is applied to management of complex turfgrass sites to improve irrigation practices. An experimental mobile unit mapped two golf fairways' turfgrass (Paspalum vaginatum SW.; ‘Salam’) in Naples, FL in summer 2006 on a 2.5 m ...

  • Watertronics Dee river ranch case study

    The Future of Irrigated Agriculture Lindsay’s complete solution from pump to pivot Summary The 10,000-acre Dee River Ranch near Aliceville, Alabama, is an example of the future of farming on display today. Owned by Annie Dee, her brother Mike Dee, and their 10 brothers and sisters, Dee River Ranch is located near the Mississippi-Alabama state line. ...


    By Lindsay Corporation

  • How to grow more food with less water

    Scientists and farmers collaborate on a quest for more efficient irrigation This story was co-published with Civil Eats, a daily news source for critical thought about the American food system. From reading the weather to choosing a ...


    By Ensia

  • Green Innovation Fund Targets Farmers

    Reading Greenwise Business this week, we’ve learnt of a new fund available to small and medium-sized enterprises that are shown to be pioneering solutions to some of the problems currently facing the country’s farming, from water resource efficiency, through to pest control. The venture capital fund of an initial £9 million investment, called Agri-Innovation Venture Capital ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Using coir as a growing susbstrate - sustainably and ethically

    Manufactured from the inner husk of coconuts, coir is, but its very nature, produced in distant, and often developing, countries. This means that there is also an ethical slant to consider, as well as the question of shipping costs and carbon use. As retailers apply more pressure on their suppliers to focus on sustainability and ethics, these points are becoming increasingly important. Growers ...


    By Botanicoir Ltd

  • New Era of Food Scarcity Echoes Collapsed Civilizations

    The world is in transition from an era of food abundance to one of scarcity. Over the last decade, world grain reserves have fallen by one third. World food prices have more than doubled, triggering a worldwide land rush and ushering in a new geopolitics of food. Food is the new oil. Land is the new gold. This new era is one of rising food prices and spreading hunger. On the demand side of the ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Compost Users Forum: The Applied Thoughts Of A Compost Theorist

    WITHIN a 60-mile radius of my office here in central California, there are 1,000 dairies — each having an average of 2,000 cows. They generate over four million tons of manure annually, so we are pretty much in the manure business whether we want to be or not. Somebody has to manage this material and help the farmers utilize it properly, fulfilling its potential monetary value. That’s what we ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • A New Generation of GMOs

    Is synthetic biology on its way to our farms, markets and tables? Thousands of researchers will descend on Boston this fall for an event billed as the world’s largest gathering of synthetic biologists. The field is evolving so rapidly that even scientists working in it  ...


    By Ensia

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