Automation in Drip Irrigation Systems

The agricultural community faces quite a few challenges in the future. Farmers will have to contend with fluctuating labor costs, evolving regulations governing use of land resources, feeding a growing population, and maintaining healthy crop yields. Innovative farming equipment systems will play a pivotal role in addressing these challenges. The agricultural community has turned to farming innovations like latest drip irrigation systems as a precision farming resource.

Drip Irrigation Systems in Precision Farming

Agronomist Bill Cox discusses the potential of drip irrigation systems used in precision farming.

“In 1993, when we saw the first drip systems in our area, the average green chile pepper yield was about 16 tons per acre,” he said. “With peppers selling for $295 a ton, revenues averaged about $4,400 per acre.”

“In 2005, producers with drip irrigation were harvesting an average of 33 tons per acre. With the price still averaging $295 per ton, that meant revenues had climbed to $9,735 an acre. And most growers are farming every acre if they irrigate with drip.”  (Source)

Innovating Drip Irrigation Systems

Drip irrigation systems have steadily evolved over the years. Initially, farming equipment OEMs did not engineer automated systems. The earlier systems relied solely on complex configurations to accurately distribute water. Controller technologies introduced in recent years allow for intricate programmed scheduling and timing to meet these farming needs. Some controllers are battery-operated while others are solar-powered. Sensor technologies offer even more programmable options. Programming options can even be adjusted to administer nutrients at timed intervals. Some sensors are even capable of detecting if rain is present or if temperatures have fallen below a certain point. When certain conditions are met, the systems will shut off on their own.

These precision farming solutions reduce the number of resources used in farming and produce higher crop yield. In working with equipment OEMs like Husqvarna, Dixien, LLC has always been committed to helping manufacturers produce smart, innovative solutions for the agricultural and landscaping markets. As a parts and components supplier to the equipment manufacturer community, we understand the parts production challenges OEMs face in meeting regulatory challenges, sustainability objectives, and performance goals.