Field Irrigation Articles

  • From Tobacco to Hemp: A 21st-Century Farmer’s Story

    In February, Arable sat down with seventh-generation North Carolina farmer Charles Dietzel to discuss the newest incarnation of his legacy farm, Carolina Heritage Farms. We talked about his family’s transition from tobacco to agroforestry to now growing industrial hemp, and the role agtech has played in their decision to make the switch. With all the ...


    By Arable

  • With Tomatoes, Less Is More

    As you round the final bend of Road 95 through the groves of walnut and almond trees, it would be easy to miss Muller Ranch, but for the cluster of pickup trucks circling the driveway. Yet amidst these swaying Yolo County orchards sits a stunning third-generation, family-owned farm, thriving with several thousand acres of processing tomatoes, specialty peppers, corn, wheat, canola, cucumbers, ...


    By Arable

  • Real Savings on Center-Pivot Farms: A Case Study

    UNL and Nature Conservancy partner with Arable to establish a network of sensors for better access to local weather data. Fifty miles is a long way to drive to check a rain bucket on a center pivot. That's the challenge Chase Johnson dealt with whenever he wanted to know exactly how much rain fell on one of his ...


    By Arable

  • EIMA 2016, Plastic-Puglia was there

    Plastic-Puglia achieved  resounding  success on the 42th edition of Eima, the most important international exhibition for agricultural sector set up in Bologna with 280 thousand visitors and over 140 countries attending it. An important chance for all the companies involved in this sector such as Plastic-Puglia, a leader company for the ...


    By Plastic Puglia

  • Pressure Measurement For Agricultural Applications

    A couple months ago we took a brief look at how the agriculture industry is turning to automation and data to help monitor product and resource levels, enabling farmers and ranchers to be proactive, rather reactive, about the needs and conditions of their businesses. We all agreed that there are plenty of opportunities for level measurement in the modern agriculture industry. But what of pressure ...

  • Egypt, Kazakhstan and Australia. Plastic-Puglia is exporting its technology

    Plastic-Puglia continues to invest in research and development of new products for irrigation. The company is moving into areas where the technology and water resources are scarce or mismanaged. In this field, the business group  is well known and appreciated in over 40 ...


    By Plastic Puglia

  • Eima 2016: A success for irrigation

    Energy saving and maximum efficiency are the cardinal points of agriculture 2.0. Today, through the micro irrigation and subsurface irrigation, agricultural production reached a high level of efficiency that assures quality and quantity. “Micro-irrigation”, or drip irrigation, is a method which allows the farmer to give the same amount of water to the ...


    By Plastic Puglia

  • Non-chemical Pre-plant Soil Disinfestation

    The battle with pests, diseases and weeds is an everyday problem for every farmer. Due to the fact that 40% of the world’s food production is lost due to pests and diseases, farmers need to manage crop protection. An excellent example of the need for pesticides is cotton. It is a crop that is affected by various pests. Cotton farming accounts for more than 25% of all insecticides and 12% of ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • BBA Pumps irrigation pumps, an unseen hero of daily life

    The Netherlands receives on average 800 mm of rain each year. This, you may feel is the reason why you relatively never see BBA irrigation pumps out in the field. But it is more likely due to the fact that the B series of irrigation pumps rarely sits idle. Due to their convenient mounting on a wheelbarrow frame they can be easily returned back to the barn as soon as the job is done. ...


    By BBA Pumps

  • 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

  • Effects of magnetized water application on soil and maize growth indices under different amounts of salt in the water

    Application of low quality water for irrigation is compulsive in facing water scarcity. Use of a magnetic field is an approach to overcome this challenge. This study examined the impact of magnetic field technology on improving germination under water of different salinity levels. An experiment was conducted to determine the effects of saline water levels, i.e. (S1):0.5, (S2):2, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Cultivation of rice for animal feed with circulated irrigation of treated municipal wastewater for enhanced nitrogen removal: comparison of cultivation systems feeding irrigation water upward and downward

    To achieve enhanced nitrogen removal, we modified a cultivation system with circulated irrigation of treated municipal wastewater by using rice for animal feed instead of human consumption. The performance of this modified system was evaluated through a bench-scale experiment by comparing the direction of circulated irrigation (i.e. passing through paddy soil upward and downward). The modified ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Watermills in the historic irrigation system ‘Palmeral de Elche’, Spain: an example of early hydropower exploitation

    With more than 180,000 date palms, the Palmeral de Elche is the largest palm grove in Europe. In 2000, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared a part of it a World Heritage Site. Actually, the Palmeral is a historic irrigation system with rows of palm trees flanking rectangular fields and serving as a windbreak and shade for the cultivation of wheat, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The optimization of the paddy field irrigation scheduling using mathematical programming

    In planting rice, a significant amount of irrigation water is required to prepare the farmlands and do transplanting and this is directly related to the number of machines and workers available; that is, the more the length of plowing and transplanting process due to the lack of required machinery and labor, the more the water volume consumed. Therefore, in such conditions, it is important to ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Rice production with minimal irrigation and no nitrogen fertilizer by intensive use of treated municipal wastewater

    We designed a new cultivation system of rice with circulated irrigation to remove nitrogen from treated municipal wastewater effectively and assessed the possibility of nitrogen removal in the new system without any adverse effects on rice production through bench-scale experiments through two seasons. Overgrowth of the rice plant, which can lead to lodging and tasteless rice, was found in the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Can drip irrigation keep the Prairie Profitable?

    The use of flood and center pivot irrigation of crops via the waters of the Ogallala Aquifer is as hot a discussion topic as the current drought. To many who mine the aquifer to make a living, trying to keep a profitable way of life sustainable in a time when the broader public is seeking more conservation of resources yet wanting inexpensive, plentiful and safe food is problematic. Perhaps it's ...


    By Netafim USA

  • Irrigation scheduling under water shortage: investigation of scion-rootstock of peach and water deficit combinations

    Adequate choice of variety, rootstock and irrigation techniques could be, together, sources of improvement of water use. A field experiment was carried out in northern Tunisia on two drip irrigated peach varieties grafted on two rootstocks. Two deficit levels, mild DI1 and severe DI2, were applied. Phenological survey allowed determination of the crop growth stages: initial, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Estimating the contribution of groundwater to rootzone soil moisture

    In the Huaibei Plain basin, China, soybean is a main crop. During the soybean growth period, rainfall can vary largely and depth to watertable can also vary largely. The amount of water supplied to the soybean rootzone by groundwater affects soybean growth and yield. Accurate simulation of groundwater contributions to soybean rootzone soil moisture (groundwater contribution) can be important for ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Solar DC Submersible Pumps as an alternate source for irrigation in India

    IN the state of Andhra Pradesh, India, about 62.8 lakh (6.2 million) hectaresa yield fruits, vegetables, turmeric, chilies and regular crops. About 53% of this land is irrigated by wells and borewells. This segment applies to farms or orchids owners having borewells of 5 hp (3.75 kW) and above. In areas where there is no grid supply, farmers are compelled to use diesel pump sets to irrigate the ...

  • Wolf, bird and bread!

    Eyüp Yüksel was relaxing in Ankara on a warm autumn day in 2000, drinking tea from a traditional glass cup, when he heard the news that Tuz Gölü — Lake Tuz or Salt Lake — had been declared a protected area. As one of the staff of the Turkish Environmental Protection Agency for Special Areas (EPASA) he had been waiting and hoping for this decision but he was still ...

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