Irrigation Design

Irrigation design impacts the performance and efficiency of the system. There are professional irrigation designers who can assist with designing an appropriate system for your orchard. If you are looking for a certified irrigation specialist, Irrigation Australia administers a voluntary irrigation industry accreditation scheme. Here are some points to bear in mind when discussing your irrigation design:

  • Legislative requirements for monitoring water usage etc.
  • Topography (elevation can result in pressure loss)
  • Block layout
  • Soil type, structure, chemistry, and water holding capacity
  • Water quality
  • Crop details (age and crop factors/coefficients)
  • Irrigation type. For mangoes, irrigate under the tree without wetting the foliage (e.g. under-tree mini-sprinklers or drip) to enable disease management and increase water use efficiency.

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