Irrigation New Zealand

It is important that irrigators check their irrigation system(s) at the beginning of each irrigation season. ‘Start-up checks’ and ‘annual performance assessments’ for all common irrigation systems are provided below –

Centre Pivot

Linear

Sprayline (pods, long lateral, solid set)

Travelling Irrigators (boom, gun, rotorainer)

Drip-Micro

Water Supply

Compliance

Check-It Bucket Test App

The Bucket Test App is available for android and iOS. It can be downloaded from Google Play or the App Store.

The App walks you through an annual performance assessment, provides the results instantly to your phone and e-mails a report to you.

If you need a step by step explanation of how this App works, have a look at this ‘How to’ guide. It was developed to help new users navigate the Bucket Test App. It is designed to give a new user insight into the questions and processes that the app requires to complete a bucket test successfully.

ECan Summer Student Report 

This report was compiled from the data gathered from the 2016/17 joint programme between ECan, IrrigationNZ, and other industry partners to investigate and measure on farm irrigation system performance and the management strategies, technologies, and barriers facing irrigators: INZ-ECan Student Report

IRRIG8Lite
IRRIG8lite is a stand-alone tool that can be used to assess the depth and uniformity of irrigation applications. It also contains simple energy assessments for pump and mainline efficiency.

Download IRRIG8Lite.setup

The following ‘guide to water management during the irrigation season’ provides some simple tips for you to manage your irrigation efficiently.

NEWS

Irrigation Workshops – Marlborough and Tasman

7th December 2017

With challenging dry conditions continuing across the Upper South Island, Marlborough and Tasman irrigators will have the opportunity to find out how to be more efficient in their water use at upcoming workshops hosted by IrrigationNZ. “Understanding how to monitor….. Read more

Advice for irrigators over a long, dry summer

7th December 2017

With much of New Zealand experiencing exceptionally dry conditions, IrrigationNZ has some advice for irrigators on how to make the most efficient use of water over summer. According to NIWA, several areas in the South and North Island came close….. Read more

Irrigation a boost for communities

4th December 2017

IrrigationNZ supports Minister of Regional Development Shane Jones’s announcement that regional economic development funding could support some water irrigation projects. “Water infrastructure plays a vital role in creating resilient rural communities,” says IrrigationNZ Chief Executive Andrew Curtis.  “Several New Zealand….. Read more

IrrigationNZ back to help improve irrigation management

23rd November 2017

IrrigationNZ will be back on farms this summer testing irrigation systems and helping farmers improve the efficiency of their irrigation. Last summer, IrrigationNZ in partnership with Environment Canterbury, developed a new testing programme which saw 131 Ashburton farms have their….. Read more

Petition misrepresents irrigation facts

14th November 2017

IrrigationNZ says that the petition presented by Greenpeace at Parliament today misrepresents how irrigation has been funded and used and ignores the wide range of benefits to New Zealand from irrigation, as well as the efforts being made to address….. Read more

EVENTS

Irrigation Efficiency Summer Programme

November 7, 2017 - February 28, 2018

                                 Is your irrigation equipment operating as it should? What improvements could be made? These are questions that can be technically challenging and costly. To help irrigating farmers navigate to Good Management….. Read more

New Zealand Certificate in Irrigation System Design

January 18, 2018 - January 19, 2018

Acquire the specialist skills required to design technically efficient and environmentally sustainable irrigation systems. This certificate is suitable for people with prior knowledge and experience in irrigation. You will be required to design two different irrigation systems so will need….. Read more

Irrigation Accreditation

Smart Irrigation