Best Practice Irrigation Demonstration Farm Project

Best Practice Irrigation Demonstration Farm Project

It's time to Grow More With Less. Tough times call for creative measures. 

Water stress is not our destiny 

The importance of resilience within any water catchment area has been identified as of great importance to the Environment Agency, the relevant River Trusts and to local farmers and growers.    

Key within the creation of the highest levels of resilience is to work with farmers to create and implement best practices covering aspects of irrigation such as water usage, run-off reduction, and water storage whilst taking into account environmental impact considerations.

Getting started

The Environment Agency has identified drip irrigation as providing the most effective use of water whilst maintaining crop yields and quality.

Netafim UK have been asked to work on a collaborative farm demonstration project that would employ drip irrigation to provide fully optimised water use and also to highlight the associated environmental benefits brought by this precision methodology. It is seen that the irrigation technology offered by Netafim can bring real benefits in assisting growers to implement best practices to optimise valuable water resources.  

The demonstration is taking place courtesy of Wright Farm Produce at Scarisbrick, Lancashire where both drip and boom irrigation is used allowing a dynamic and real comparison of the water use and environmental impacts of the two methods on the same crop, in this case celery.  

Project details

  • County: Lancashire 
  • Crop: Celery
  • Type: Open field
  • Size: 7 ha

​Driving water resilience drop by drop

Wright Farm Produce, the Environment Agency and Netafim UK provided drip irrigation equipment for the project including the latest Netafim filtration and control technology, plus water meters, driplines and header pipes.

Two adjacent areas of the farm have been selected, one that will use drip irrigation and another using boom irrigation. 

The Environment Agency are monitoring run-off water quality with Netafim UK looking at soil moisture content. This is an extremely important aspect of Catchment Area management assessment.

Netafim UK will carry out frequent monitoring of water use and crop growth throughout the growing season to allow a full agronomic assessment of the two irrigation techniques.

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