Depleting freshwater resources, coupled up with weather vagaries, have always had an adverse effect on the growth of fruits including citrus. Growing a bigger fruit and in larger numbers has always been a confrontation for citrus growers. Precision irrigation serves the solution here, as it increases the production quantities and maintains the quality of the yield.
As with all the other crops, yield and its quality have been the top concerns for citrus growers. Besides, irregular bearing is another major challenge that serves as the cause for low yield. Apart from this, because of improper irrigation, Phytophthora is a major disease that hampers crop yield to a large extent. Lastly, fruit drop is another important concern associated with nutrient management.
Why should I choose drip irrigation over sprinklers?
Drip irrigation enables optimal uniform soil moisture and outstanding aeration. It delivers water and nutrients directly to your crops’ root zone. Drip irrigation uses up to 40% less water and energy than sprinkler irrigation. Alternately, overhead sprinklers that scatter water over the canopy lead to water waste due to evaporation and run-off, as well as unwanted weed growth and high moisture levels that favor foliar diseases.
How often should I irrigate citrus with drip irrigation?
This depends on many factors, such as soil type, phonological stage, climate, tree age, etc. But usually in heavy soils, irrigation should be applied between 2-4 days, and in sandy/light soils irrigation should be applied daily.
What can Netafim offer me that other companies can't?
Netafim combines irrigation expertise, with over 50 years of real-world involvement in the citrus growing regions of the Mediterranean, South Africa, USA, Australia and Brazil. This experience has enabled us to develop and implement solutions tailored to a broad range of parameters, such as climate, soil and water conditions, individual irrigation cultures and practices, and other environmental constraints.
Can drip irrigation systems be activated remotely?
Drip irrigation can be easily combined with remote control and automation to make your irrigation 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.