Irrigation New Zealand

Drip irrigation techniques are used in a range of crops internationally to deliver high precision and efficiency for water and nutrient applications. In NZ drip is currently only used on a relatively small scale, for permanent horticulture, but we do not know the drivers for its use, or conversely why it is not used more? Understanding the barriers and issues to drip forms a critical component of ongoing industry efforts to increase water and nutrient use efficiency in cropping systems.

The Drip Irrigation for Vegetable Production resource book introduces drip irrigation as an option for New Zealand vegetable growers. Its aims include –

  1. presenting an overview of drip irrigation
  2. describing the technologies involved
  3. explaining key concepts that support successful drip irrigation, and
  4. highlighting key issues to consider and questions to ask.

It provides sufficient base information for a grower to decide whether to further investigate the use of drip irrigation for their vegetable production operations.

While it has been prepared with vegetable growers in mind, the information is also of interest to growers of arable crops and pastures.

When considering any irrigation option, soil, crop, climate, farm layout and manager and operator knowledge specific to the farm must be carefully evaluated.

This book does not replace the need for specific, specialist advice, or describe specific component options. It makes no attempt to explain the hydraulic design processes required to engineer a drip irrigation system. That is specialist work, requiring specialist knowledge and experience.

NEWS

How farms are working to reduce environmental impacts in Selwyn 

14th February 2018

It’s been a busy time for many Selwyn farms over the past few months. After a record breaking dry spell in late 2017, we received some welcome rain in January.  In conditions like these, irrigation is really important both for….. Read more

NZ needs more water storage in a changing climate

8th February 2018

The importance of water storage in helping provide a reliable supply of water for urban communities, and for food and energy production in a changing climate needs to be recognised, says IrrigationNZ. “We are seeing the effects of poor future….. Read more

What can we learn from 2017’s wild weather about managing water?

8th February 2018

  As year’s went 2017 was a fairly dramatic one. In February, one of the biggest fires in New Zealand history ignited on the Port Hills amid tinder dry conditions, causing thousands of residents to be evacuated. In March, the….. Read more

Free irrigation workshop for Bay of Plenty farmers

18th January 2018

Bay of Plenty dairy farmers have the opportunity to join a free workshop showing them how to optimise their irrigation use. The workshop will be run by IrrigationNZ and will cover how to assess how well irrigation systems are performing…… Read more

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

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

Foundations of working with tangata whenua workshop

March 6 - March 7

Given the considerable interest shown, INZ have organised a workshop on how to be effective working and negotiating with tangata whenua. Proudly supported by our training partners The learning objectives of this are to: Have a basic idea of who….. Read more

Irrigation Accreditation

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