If you do crop farming, you know how important it is to keep your crops watered. Because it is impossible to rely on Mother Nature to provide you with this water, you should install an irrigation system. Below is information about two types of these systems you can choose so your crops will stay healthy during the growing season.
Localized irrigation provides water directly to where the crops are planted. This can work well if you have a small farm. This type is also less expensive when compared to other types of irrigation systems.
Localized irrigation uses a soft plastic material to make a sleeve that looks like a pipe. The sleeve is filled with sand to help maintain its shape. The plastic sheeting is perforated so water can flow through it. This can be difficult to install on your own. This is because you have to know the right depth for your crops so the water goes directly to the roots. The pipe is long enough so you can wrap it so water is distributed to each plant at the root level.
Drip irrigation is another type you can use which works much like localized irrigation. Water is directed at the root level of each plant. This system includes a perforated pipe that is placed underground. Water comes from the pipe using drip tubing and emitters. The water drips slowly so the plant is constantly provided with enough water. This system is connected to an outdoor faucet. It can be set to turn on automatically and turn off at a certain time each day.
Drip irrigation can save you money because there is no water runoff when watering your crops. This means you will use much less water. Because water is directed to the root zone, you will have a healthy crop each year. This is especially beneficial if you sell your crops. This also saves you a lot of time as you will not have to water your crops on your own when it does not rain. If you are getting good rain, you can simply turn the drip irrigation system off and then turn it back on when it is needed.
Hire a professional to install your irrigation system. They can tell you about other types that are available to you. This professional can also help you choose the irrigation system that will work best for you.
For more information, contact a local company, like Waterford Irrigation Supply Inc.