At Americover, we supply growers with the plastic sheeting products they need to grow their livelihoods. One way that we help growers is by providing them with durable tools (liners and covers) that can be used for years. High-quality products help growers tackle the biggest obstacle to sustainable irrigation: water waste.
Water waste is the biggest concern for growers in horticulture; it can increase costs, and impact the health of plants, and waste valuable resources helping to potentially reduce unnecessary drought Below are a few examples of irrigation techniques that growers can use to improve water waste and sustainability.
Efficient and useful, drip irrigation helps growers of all experience levels control the amount of water delivered to plants. By controlling the amount of water disbursed, growers can greatly reduce excess water consumption and sufficiently water plants. This method is an affordable option for sustainable irrigation and can produce significant results that make your growing efforts sustainable in the long term.
Growers with a drip irrigation system in place understand how useful an efficient watering system can be. As a grower, you can further sustainable irrigation efforts by adopting another technique called fertigation. By mixing fertilizer into your drip irrigation water, growers can fertilize with more precision than manual methods. If growers are concerned about potential droughts, adapting fertigation is a great method to combat external challenges.
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Another sustainable irrigation method that saves you money in water use is hydroponic irrigation. Water is stored in an enclosed reservoir, and the plant only takes what it needs. Not only can a hydroponic system save growers money on water consumption, but it can also save space for growing areas. Plants can be grown in sand, gravel, or water and can be grown vertically as well. Additionally, hydroponic systems tend to be automated and make operating and growing easier.
Top Benefits of Sustainable Irrigation
The biggest benefit of sustainable irrigation techniques is that they ensure that plants are fertilized and watered. Efficient watering techniques can increase your yield and make growing easier and more effective. Read more about the benefits of these irrigation techniques.
Reduce Water Use
Compared to manual watering methods, a 2006 study by the Department of Soil and Water Engineering at Punjab Agricultural University showed that water consumption was reduced by 50 percent simply by implementing a drip irrigation system.
Improve Growth Yield
According to the same study above, a fertigation experiment also improved fruit yield by 60 percent when compared to a control group.
Save on Costs
By choosing sustainable techniques, you can save on water consumption. In 2015, a hydroponic irrigation study involving lettuce was conducted and the results revealed that hydroponic systems produce almost 12 times more yield per liter of water.
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