Drip irrigation increases crop production, yield, quality, and accelerates maturity. All while using considerably less water than other irrigation methods such as sprinkler, centre pivot, lateral hose, etc. As drip irrigation became more popular, different types of drip emitters and methods were developed. Today, the most advanced and proven method is called “subsurface drip irrigation”.
Subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) is an evolution of conventional irrigation systems and provides the grower with many added benefits to surface drip methods. These include eliminating surface evaporation, preventing weed germination, eliminating herbicide washout, reducing crops stress, and more.
- Interest in SDI has grown rapidly in North America within the last 25 years, as innovations from Netafim have made subsurface drip irrigation the most advanced, modern method for irrigating agriculture crops.
- SDI is used especially by growers in areas where water is scarce or where increased efficiencies and higher quality crops are desired.
- Refinements to the installation procedure, lower overall costs, and enhanced product qualities have made SDI quite cost-effective.
- Because of it’s high efficiency and adaptability to tough growing conditions, SDI is now being used throughout the world on a wide range of grain, forage, and fiber crops including alfalfa, canola, corn, cotton, soybeans, and sugarcane.
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