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    Irrigation made easy – Part 10: Land preparation for flood irrigation

    All flood irrigation systems require intensive and accurate preparation of the land prior to planting. Accurate levelling of the fields is essential. On larger basin and flood irrigation systems, this can only be achieved using a laser-controlled levelling apparatus. This type of land treatment is expensive and generally not available to remotely situated small-scale farmers. […] More

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    Irrigation made easy part 8: Irrigation efficiency

    Irrigation efficiency is a term used to describe how much of the water applied through an irrigation system gets stored in the soil within the root zone of the plant and becomes available to the plant. Efficiency is determined by: • How well water is distributed across the irrigated area. • The effectiveness of scheduling […] More

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    Stretch water and reduce costs with Agrico

    A desperate water shortage handicapped Beerseun Farm’s irrigation operations outside Tzaneen in the northern part of South Africa up to a year ago. But it took a dramatic positive turn when they employed the best technology and equipment they could lay their hands on, to get the maximum out of the water at their disposal. […] More

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    Valley remains at the leading edge of irrigation: Gain full control over your pivots with Valley’s 365™ platform

    Various reasons convince farmers all over the world to choose Valley for pivot irrigation. After all, Valley offers the best water utilisation, and enables the farmer to accurately control his pivots from any spot on earth. “Valley pivots stand firmly, because they are designed and built to withstand high wind speeds,” says Francois Griesel, Valley’s […] More

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    Talbert is the farmer’s irrigation ally

    A centre pivot is supposed to ease the workload of a farmer and not add to the problems that farmers need to deal with every day. This means that the provider is as important as the centre pivot itself. Talbert centre pivots were developed 28 years ago on the farm, and were designed and manufactured […] More

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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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