Achieving high-quality banana yield requires the best irrigation and fertilizer management systems. As with other crops, banana crop too requires a higher amount and higher quality yield. This is possible through precision irrigation. Right from achieving the perfect finger size to optimally extending the productive life of each plantation, precision irrigation helps you achieve every ideal condition and increase profits.
Banana requires a lot of water to grow, and hence dry spells are a major risk impacting banana productivity. The other challenge is that of banana cultivation being dominated by conventional growing techniques that include applying fertilizers in the forms of pellets. Although cost-effective, it is ineffective. This is because nutrients may leach or evaporate after their application. Bananas are best grown in more acidic soil with a pH from 6 to 7.5. Low pH levels of soil increase the risk of the disease Panama.
What are the benefits of drip irrigation in rainy areas?
If you are growing in a rainy area, drip irrigation will allow you to deliver water during dry spells. This alone will bring stability to your banana plantations and increase your yields. on top of that you can enjoy the benefits of an efficient fertigation system all year round. You can spoon feed your bananas in a way that prevents leaching and delivers every drop of fertilizer directly to the root zone, and all with minimum labor involved.
What is the expected yield for a drip irrigated banana plantation?
While your average yields are affected by climate, variety, the age of the plantation and many other factors typical yields reach up to 70 tons per hectare with precision irrigation and fertigation.
How much water can be saved when switching to drip?
Compared to flood irrigation, drip irrigation can save you more than 50% of the water. Compared to sprinkler systems, a widely-used alternative for banana production, you can save 20% of the water.
Can drip irrigation systems be activated remotely?
Drip irrigation can be very easily combined with remote control and automation to make your irrigation even more efficient. It is possible to add other digital tools, such as soil or weather sensors, to optimize your yields and resources. Learn more about our digital farming solutions.
Why should I choose drip rather than irrigation methods that seem to be less expensive?
Although cost is an important factor, faster return on investment is what really matters. It’s been proven that drip irrigation increases banana yields and quality unlike any other irrigation method. In addition, drip technology leads to significant savings in water, fertilizer and labor. Economic calculations show that in the long run, drip is the most sustainable system for banana plantations, delivering higher economic returns than any other method.
I know that many banana plantations are irrigated by sprinklers. Should I consider it as a viable solution?
Sprinklers - particularly micro sprinklers - can be excellent precision irrigation emitters in banana plantations. Many farmers prefer sprinkler systems due to their ability to handle poor quality water. In addition, visual inspection of the system can be easier as you can clearly see the water jets, unlike when irrigating with a drip system. Another benefit of micro sprinklers accelerates composition of leaves and organic materials on the soil surface.
What are the benefits of drip irrigation with regards to farm operation?
A big benefit is that drip irrigation systems are fully safeguarded from breakages caused by falling leaves or vandalism. In addition, drip irrigation allows growers to work in the plantation without getting wet, even when the water is on. Drip also allows application of plant-protection and fertilizers through the system reducing operation complexity and saving costs.
Can I use fertilizers in my drip system?
Yes! Not only can you use them, you can have full control over how much fertilizer you use. Through different trials and best practices from around the world, we have learned that throughout the growing period, fertilizing in small doses keeps the nutritional elements continuously available near the plant root zone. This is more effective than fertilizing in large doses during the plant growth period.
By irrigating and fertigating through the irrigation system, you can be sure that your bananas will have exactly what they need to reach their optimal size and quality.