Crop Irrigation Articles

  • Planting Our Seeds and Watching Them Grow

    Since I joined Arable in July, our team has made incredible progress and achieved many important milestones. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our customers for your support, your invaluable feedback, and your business. At Arable, we believe that there is nothing more important than our customers’ trust, and that we need to work tirelessly to earn it and keep ...


    By Arable

  • Water

    Water is the most valuable asset on earth, which determines to a significant extent the development of life in all corners of the world. 95% of the amount of water on earth is chemically bound in rocks making it impossible to utilize and be part of the hydrological cycle. ...


    By Palaplast

  • Cost Effective Irrigation with Centre Pivot Irrigation Systems

    There are certain factors that should be taken into consideration when choosing the best irrigation system for your specific requirements. Some of these factors include the type of crop you are watering, the size of the land which requires irrigation, where your water is coming from and how much labour the system requires to operate. Dragline irrigation or movable pipe systems require far more ...


    By Irrirain

  • Plan your fruit frost protection

    Planning your fruit frost protection for the winter and spring is simple enough to do. With a few methods and tips for understanding what is the best kind of protection your crops need, you can survive the winter with little stress or worry. With our article, you will discover these very tricks for how to best use water irrigation for your crops to keep them from freezing. It is essential to keep ...


    By Kim Engineering Solutions

  • Irrigation Systems 101: What you need to know

    In the perfect scenario everyone could rely on rainwater for their farming practices, but this is not always the case. This is why employing the right choice from the different irrigation systems available is crucial for agricultural success. Irrigation systems are basically an artificial way to provide water to fertile soil for agricultural purposes. Crop irrigation is necessary to ...


    By GR Trailers LLC

  • Increase greenhouse efficiency with boom lighting

    As a leader in greenhouse automation equipment, we are always looking to bring our growers new ideas on how to best utilize our equipment within their greenhouse. With the release of our highly coveted Universal Attachment, we are able to bring you new ideas on how to do more with less. The Universal Attachment is highly effective for attaching fans, insect mats, fans and lights. Boom lighting ...


    By Cherry Creek Systems

  • Climate change to worsen drought, diminish corn yields in Africa

    Original story at MIT News Nearly 25 percent of the world’s malnourished population lives in sub-Saharan Africa, where more than 300 million people depend on corn, or maize, as their main food ...

  • Modelling water requirements of greenhouse spinach for irrigation management purposes

    Estimating water requirements of plants cultivated in greenhouse environments is crucial, both for the design of greenhouse irrigation systems and the improvement of irrigation scheduling. Spinach is one of the main vegetables sold as ‘ready-to-eat’ bagged produce; it is very sensitive to water stress and thus requires accurate irrigation. In this work, a water balance model simulating the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Impact of agricultural water reallocation on crop yield and revenue: a case study in China

    Our study area in the People's Victory Canal Irrigation District of Henan Province in China has been transferring agricultural water to the city for municipal use. This study starts with an examination of the impacts of irrigation frequency, irrigation water sources, and irrigation water supply performance on crop yield and net crop revenue, using data from a survey of 182 households in the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Assessment of climate change impact on crop yield and irrigation water requirement of two major cereal crops (rice and wheat) in Bhaktapur district, Nepal

    Rice and wheat are major cereal crops in Nepal. Climate change impacts are widespread and farmers in developing countries like Nepal are among the most vulnerable. A study was carried out to assess the impact of climate change on yield and irrigation water requirement of these cereal crops in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Laboratory and soil-plant-air-water analysis showed silt-loam being the most ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Evaluation of yield, quality and crop water stress index of sugar beet under different irrigation regimes

    This study was carried out to evaluate the use of the crop water stress index (CWSI) for irrigation scheduling of sugar beet for two years under the semi arid climate of Iran. Statistical relationships between CWSI and yield, quality parameters and irrigation water use efficiency (IWUE) were investigated. Irrigations were scheduled based on 100 (I100), 85 (I85), 70 (I50) and 0% (I0) of plant ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Microbial risk in wastewater irrigated lettuce: comparing Escherichia coli contamination from an experimental site with a laboratory approach

    This study assessed the contamination of Escherichia coli, in lettuce grown with treated domestic wastewater in four different irrigation configurations: open spray, spray under plastic sheet cover, open drip and drip under plastic sheet cover. Samples of lettuce from each irrigation configuration and irrigating wastewater were collected during the growing season. No E. coli ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Estimating the ratio of pond size to irrigated soybean land in Mississippi: a case study

    Although more on-farm storage ponds have been constructed in recent years to mitigate groundwater resources depletion in Mississippi, little effort has been devoted to estimating the ratio of on-farm water storage pond size to irrigated crop land based on pond metrics and its hydrogeological conditions. In this study, two simulation scenarios were chosen to determine such a ratio as well as to ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Q&A with Greenhouse Expert Theo Van de Sande

    Here at Illumitex we pride ourselves in not only our products, but our expert staff as well. Theo Van de Sande, our Senior Greenhouse Consultant, sat down with me to answer a few questions over greenhouse farming. But before we give you tips from a pro, a little background on Theo – Theo is a third generation greenhouse grower from the Netherlands with over 30 years of experience and ...


    By Illumitex

  • Proactive approach to slug control recommended to potato growers

    If left untreated, slugs can cost the potato industry £53 million each year. With predictions of a high pressure slug season ahead, and the potential damage these pests can do to a crop both physically and financially, Robert Boothman, commercial director of Boothmans Agriculture, explains how to keep one step ahead of the pest. “The milder, wet winter and lack of ground frosts ...


    By Certis UK

  • Irrigation water demand and implications for groundwater pricing in Pakistan

    This study employs the positive mathematical programming (PMP) approach to estimate groundwater derived demand for irrigation using a cross-sectional dataset of 200 predominantly groundwater irrigated farms from the Punjab province of Pakistan. First, we find that the PMP optimal solution uses less water than what is available (being extracted) in order to make farmers allocate all the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Impact of irrigation water scarcity on rural household food security and income in Pakistan

    As Pakistan is currently facing a severe shortage of irrigation water, this paper analyzes the determinants of water scarcity and its impact on the yield of cereal crops (wheat, maize and rice), household income, food security and poverty levels by employing the propensity-score-matching approach. This study is based on a comprehensive set of cross-sectional data collected from 950 farmers ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Xylem helps Italian Winery toast success

    A case study on the Pasqua Vigneti e Cantine Winery, Verona Italian wine is enjoyed by many all over the world. However, to grow the best grapes, develop the best flavour and ensure success on a global scale, a seamless production process needs to be in place behind the scenes. The family-run Pasqua Winery in Verona, Northern Italy, has been making wine for over ...


    By LOWARA - a Xylem brand

  • Irrigation water requirements for seed corn and coffee under potential climate change scenarios

    The impact of potential future climate change scenarios on the irrigation water requirements (IRRs) of two major agricultural crops (coffee and seed corn) in Hawai'i was studied using the Irrigation Management System (IManSys) model. In addition to IRRs calculations, IManSys calculates runoff, deep percolation, canopy interception, and effective rainfall based on plant growth parameters, site ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Accounting for adaptation in assessing impact of climatic variations on crop yields: an empirical study of Arizona

    The goal of this paper is to analyze the impacts of climatic variation around current normals on crop yields and explore corresponding adaptation effects in Arizona, using a unique panel data. The empirical results suggest that both fertilizer use and irrigation are important adaptations to climate change in crop production. Fertilizer use has a positive impact on crop yields as expected. When ...


    By IWA Publishing

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