Irrigation System Assessments


by Rebecca Shortt

Are you concerned that your irrigation system is not applying enough water? too much water? or applying unevenly?  To request an Irrigation System Assessment contact Rebecca Shortt OMAFRA Water Quantity Engineer 519-426-4920 (limited availability)

Australian research has shown that one of the greatest opportunities for irrigation water savings are in improving how evenly the water is spread across the field by the irrigation system.

Let’s say an irrigator goes out to apply one inch.  But across the field some areas are receiving 0.5” and others 1.5”.  Some areas are not receiving enough water leading to quality and yield impacts in certain portions of the field.  To compensate, the irrigator may consistently set out to apply 1.5” knowing that some areas will receive the necessary 1” but others will receive an entire 2”.  This is where the opportunities are for water and energy savings.

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About Sean Westerveld

Ginseng and Medicinal Herbs Specialist, OMAFRA
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