Why Use a Drip Irrigation System?
Drip irrigation is the slow application of water to the root zone area near the plant. This type of system provides needed water and nutrients to the plant without irrigating large portions of unplanted ground.
TriEst Irrigation has been designing drip irrigation systems to irrigate high-value vegetable crops for nearly 30 years and in recent years, there has been an increase of surface drip use on row crops throughout the United States. According to the USDA 2013 Farm & Ranch Survey, between 2008 and 2013, Drip irrigation use increased over 30%.
Surface drip irrigation systems save water by only wetting a small area of the overall soil surface, thus reducing evaporation. Studies indicate that drip irrigated vegetables require 40 percent less water than sprinkler irrigated vegetables because water is delivered directly to the plant.
Fertilizer and nutrient loss is minimized due to localized application to the roots and reduced leaching. Fertigation (the application of liquid through irrigation) can easily be included in the drip irrigation design.
Lower pumping pressure requirements reduces energy use. System delivers nutrients more efficiently for potentially lower fertilizer use. A dry soil surface can also reduce costly weed germination and disease problems.
Surface drip systems can be easily automated from start to finish for less time spent in the field monitoring irrigation and fertilizer components. An automated system helps ensure efficient use of water and fertilizer.
Unrestricted Field Access
Field operations, such as harvesting or spraying, can continue during irrigation because the areas between rows remain dry.
Drip irrigation works in irregular shaped fields with almost no waste and is an efficient option to make dry land productive.
Increase in Crop Yield
Many growers see a 10% to 20% crop yield increase with others seeing much more.
Our design team works with both our outside sales staff and the grower to develop efficient and cost-effective irrigation designs that meet the grower’s needs.
Our design team prepares:
- Comprehensive plans and specifications.
- Design details.
- Irrigation scheduling recommendations.
- Material specifications and cost estimates.