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    Irrigation made easy – part 6: Scheduling of water usage

    It is crucial to irrigate your crops on a daily basis to keep the upper zone of the soil wet. This is the region where the roots will not have to work hard to suck up water to the plant, where it enables all the chemical growth processes to occur. Productive plant growth will largely […] More

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    Irrigation made easy part 5: The labour cost of irrigation and system maintenance

    An important part of irrigation planning and operation is understanding how hard a person must work to apply the required amount of water to the crop in the field. On large commercial farms, a single labourer could be used to control an irrigation area of up to 40 hectares. Labour intensive systems could, however, require […] More

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    Agrico offers precise irrigation, effortlessly

    By Salim Dawood, ProAgri Zambia Time is money. If you irrigate hundreds of hectares, frequent trips to and from pivots to manually switch them on and off, change their direction or regulate their water application, can take a lot of costly time and effort. Philip Nicolle and his team at Kakulu Farms located in Kapiri […] More

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    Irrigation made easy part 4: Water on your crops puts profit in your pocket

    by Kevin Scott Drought is any farmer’s worst nightmare. Irrigating your crops will ensure a better harvest, and with advances in different types of irrigation, for example drip irrigation, the practice has become more accessible to farmers. You no longer need to have a river on your farm to be able to irrigate successfully. Benefits […] More

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    Irrigation made easy: Part 1 – Principles of irrigation

    by Kevin Scott It is important to understand the fundamental principles of irrigation to become a good farmer. In this series, we shall discuss all the steps and general practices to ensure that your crops will be satisfied and healthy, and reach their full potential. A plant is similar to an animal and human and […] More

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    Reinke offers solutions for Africa: Meet the new Engine Driven Mini Pivot

    The pivot still reigns as king in the irrigation world, but limited access to a reliable power supply, or expensive electricity and inadequate water pressure often prevent farmers from taking this huge step forward. With Reinke’s new Engine Driven Mini Pivot (EDMP) an extensive farmer can now choose the best spot on his farm to […] More

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    Irrigation made easy – Part 3: Water distribution

    by Kevin Scott Soft, even rainfall over a field of uniform soil type will allow water to penetrate (sink into) the soil to a similar depth at each point in the field. Each plant has an equal chance of getting the water it needs. Irrigation tries to mimic evenly distributed rainfall, but we can never […] More

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    Water-driven Senter 360 nip cable thief plans in the bud

    Cable theft is a problem facing every farmer. Apart from the high cost of replacing a stolen cable, it is accompanied by production loss and unnecessary labour costs as the labour could have been used productively elsewhere. However, Senter 360 made a plan to prevent theft of irrigation electric cables: Using a water-propelled centre pivot […] More

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    No other centre pivot machine can beat the Reinke route

    The farm of every farmer poses its own, unique and daunting challenges. Many people may lose all hope in the face of heart-breaking problems, but not those who believe that, with available water and Reinke irrigation, no mountain is too difficult to climb and that, with minute planning, everything becomes possible. This is positively the […] More

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    Irrigation made easy- Part 2: What happens with water, air and nutrients?

    by Kevin Scott What happens with water? Plant available water is stored in the soil. Water that can be reached by the roots is sucked up by the plant. A plant sends down roots to find water in the soil profile and suck it up. The soil must, however, still contain air to allow the […] More

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    Irrigation made easy – Part 1: Principles of irrigation

    by Kevin Scott It is important to understand the most fundamental principles of irrigation to become a good farmer. In this series we shall discuss all the steps and general practices to ensure that your crops will be satisfied and healthy, and reach their full potential. A plant is similar to an animal and human […] More

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