Irrigation New Zealand

Each type of irrigation system functions differently, so different methods of assessment are needed. Fortunately, many performance indicators are common, so although irrigation systems need to be measured in different ways, the performance of irrigation systems is easily comparable.

An irrigation performance assessment focuses on a set of key checks

  • Is the system applying the expected depth of water?
  • Is it applying the water evenly (uniformly)?
  • Is it applying the water at a rate that the soil can accept?
  • Is the energy use reasonable?
  • What is causing any non-performance?

Performance Assessment Code of Practice 2015

Irrigation Technical Glossary 2015

Explanation of the Code of Practice:

PART A Introduces the process and requirements to carry out operational checks, and annual and full performance assessments. It also outlines how to report your findings.

PART B  Provides initial checklists for compliance and water supply.

Performance COP Parts A and B

PARTS C – H

Parts C – H are system specific processes for measuring irrigation performance.

The Code recognises three different levels of irrigation system performance assessment. In increasing level of complexity, system performance assessment includes –

  1. Operational checks
  2. System calibration (annual performance assessment)
  3. In-field performance assessment (full performance assessment)

Performance Assessment Code of Practice Part C – Micro-Irrigation

Performance Assessment Code of Practice Part D – Solid Set

Performance Assessment Code of Practice Part E – Sprayline

Performance Assessment Code of Practice Part F – Travelling Irrigator

Performance Assessment Code of Practice Part G – Linear

Performance Assessment Code of Practice Part H – Centre Pivot

 

PART I

Part I contains additional assessments for energy efficiency and seasonal irrigation efficiency

Performance Assessment Code of Practice Part I

INZ delivers a certificate in irrigation performance assessment. This is underpinned by the Performance Assessment Code of Practice.

Irrigation Performance Assessment Qualifications and Training

Register of certified irrigation performance assessors

NEWS

June 2017 E-newsletter

9th June 2017

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May 2017 E-newsletter

26th May 2017

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IrrigationNZ welcomes new government funding for irrigation

18th May 2017

Today’s announcement of an additional $90 million funding for irrigation is great news for New Zealand communities, says IrrigationNZ CEO, Andrew Curtis. “Sustainable irrigated agriculture is New Zealand’s future. It underpins many of the provincial economies on the east coast….. Read more

‘Our fresh water 2017’ highlights the need for collective action

27th April 2017

The release of ‘Our fresh water 2017’ is a call to action for all New Zealanders, says IrrigationNZ CEO, Andrew Curtis. The report measures fresh water quality, quantity and flows, biodiversity and cultural health. “This report highlights the impact we….. Read more

Testing Irrigation Efficiency – what’s really going on on-farm

12th April 2017

IrrigationNZ has spent the summer gathering data on farms around Canterbury to get a better, more accurate understanding of irrigation efficiency. The results, say INZ Project Manager, Steve Breneger, will provide a benchmark for progress. “We’ve been on-farm for the….. Read more

EVENTS

Irrigation Fundamentals

August 8 @ 8:30 am - August 9 @ 5:00 pm

Irrigation fundamentals is a 2 day course targeting new entrants to the industry and frontline staff of businesses and organisations that provide services to the irrigation industry. The aim of the 2 days is to give people a comprehensive overview of the….. Read more

New Zealand Certificate in Irrigation System Performance Assessment

September 18 @ 8:30 am - September 20 @ 5:00 pm

Gain the skills and knowledge to carry out assessments of irrigation systems in order to determine how efficiently they are operating. This Level 4 NZQA certificate runs for 7 months and requires some previous knowledge and experience in irrigation. You….. Read more

Irrigation Accreditation

Smart Irrigation