Frequently Asked Questions on Drip Irrigation
Drip Irrigation is a very efficient method of watering crops, providing more uniform, timely and precise application of water than all other irrigation methods. Drip tape systems should be set up either on the surface of the soil, or directly underneath in order to deliver water right to plants’ roots reducing waste. Drip irrigation offers many benefits and the result of these advantages is more rapid growth and earlier harvest, higher quality crops at higher yields, as well as cost savings associated with greatly reduced water usage. When first designing a drip system, it can be a bit confusing. Here are a few questions commonly asked by FarmTek customers who are just getting started.
1. How do you determine the amount of drip tape you will need?
To determine the amount of drip tape you will need, measure the length of your rows and multiply by the number of rows you have. This will equal the length of drip tape that you will need. Another important thing to consider is the width of your row.
2. What is drip tape tubing made of?
Our drip tape is made of polyethylene plastic.
3. Can you order preassembled systems?
No, but we sell you all the components you will need and provide a diagram and instructions of how they go together. It is fairly easy to put together, but if you do run into trouble we are here to help and will answer all your questions.
4. Are flush valves required?
It is a good idea to have flush valves at the end of your sub main lines, as well as your rows. It allows you to easily unblock clogs and winterize your system if you’re in an area where temperatures get below freezing.
5. If I tell you the type of crop and the size of the area needing drip irrigation, could you design me a system?
Yes, we can. There are a few other questions we would have, but we can design a system specifically for your application.
6. Is it possible to have a 275-gallon container as a water source as opposed to well or city water?
In remote applications where it is tough to plumb pipe out to the field, vertical water containers are great. A drip irrigation system can be done with gravity, but something that is important to keep in mind is the PSI needed to run water through the system. Every 2.7′ of vertical distance equals 1 PSI. The required PSI for drip irrigation is 10, so you would need to have your container about 30′ off the ground to make it work.
If properly designed and installed, drip systems can greatly reduce the amount of labor associated with watering plants. It will save on water, time and money. For more on how to start designing your ideal drip irrigation system, contact a knowledgeable National Account Manager today.