Drip Irrigation

 

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Drip Irrigation

 

South Africa has a water problem, we regularly have shortages of water. Using a drip system to irrigate an orchard can save a lot of water.

In this video we look at the factors which cause a farmer to install a drip system in a modern deciduous fruit orchard.

We also discuss different aspects that relate to installation and operation of drip systems. 

Drip works very well on stone fruit as stone fruits have very good hair root systems which utilise the water well. It’s not that good for Pome fruit however.

So although it’s not suitable for all fruits, using a drip system has a lot of advantages over using a micro jet system.

Drip systems work very well for Stone fruit, whereas micro jet systems tend to be very suitable for Pome fruit. However drip tends be more difficult to manage than micro jets systems.