Tech Advancements: 5 Ways to Improve Irrigation Efficiency
There are many things farmers have to worry about each day. From improving their crops to maintaining their irrigation system, there’s one thing after another to cross off the daily checklist. Efficiency is one thing that’s a constant thought—is this process the best it could be? When it comes to irrigation systems, there are actually quite a few ways to improve irrigation efficiency. We’ve listed a few below in hopes to cross at least one worry off the to-do list.
Upgrade Your Irrigation Tech
Now, this is a general phrase, because there are many different routes you can take this. Simply by owning a smartphone, you can control your irrigation systems remotely. This will keep farmers informed on the farm’s irrigation system. Delving deeper, there’s also new technology out that helps keep your irrigation system efficient and sustainable. For example, soil-moisture sensors are one of those advancements that will start or stop irrigating when soil moisture reaches the specified levels. If you know what your crops need, then you can set this up and cater to those needs.
Update Your Sprinkler System
In a similar vein, there have also been wonderful advancements when it comes to your sprinklers. These updated sprinklers improve the water-application patterns. Meaning, these sprinklers use multiple streams, sizes, and angles to get at your soil and target your soil. Rather than having puddles of an over-watered area and other dry patches, the soil stays evenly watered. Much less water goes to waste with these updated systems.
Utilize Yield-Modeling Tools
Again, our next tip delves into technology. Now more than ever, it’s important to understand how much your climate and soil can change in a year. That said, there are decision-management tools to make keeping up with those changes easier. Computer-based crop-growth-simulation models, for example, can predict (much more accurately than an individual) potential crop outcomes based on various data. It’ll take local weather patterns, historic climate data, and your management practices into consideration to see whether additional irrigation is needed or if you can pull back.
Invest and Maintain Equipment
Always pay attention to your equipment. Though this seems like adding another task to the to-do list, this will actually mean less work for you in the long-run. Invest in high-quality equipment that will help your irrigation system run smoother. As an example, a highly used and vital piece of equipment is a pump designed for agricultural irrigation that can be built to fit your farm’s sizing needs.
Use Your Smartphones
This may sound quite simplistic, but smartphones can make quite a difference on your farm’s irrigation system efficiency. Smartphones give you the flexibility needed to control your systems from anywhere. Not only can you start and stop the sprinkler system, but you’ll also stay informed on the various irrigation needs your farm has. There are many apps partnered with the advancements listed above, but there are also many options that will keep you updated on other tech advancements in the industry—make sure to check them out!
Equipment like this and some of the others on this list are an investment, but once purchased and when maintained, the yield will be just as great as your crops.
- Amethyst Jamiro