Best practices in water management and irrigation
Individuals who wish to understand how best to manage the irrigation of potato, field vegetable and salad crops to improve crop yields and quality.
Able to demonstrate practical experience
Dates and locations
£245 + VAT
One day classroom-based course
12 BASIS; 1 NRoSO
Simon Groves, Senior Irrigation Scientist, ADAS UK Ltd
Classroom module 1 (half day) – The principles of irrigation management:
- yield and quality benefits of irrigation for different crop species;
- assessing the site and field condition to inform irrigation management decisions;
- understanding field capacity, crop available water supply; infiltration rates for different soil types;
- estimating soil moisture using soil moisture sensors or modelling techniques;
- developing crop irrigation schedules for a range of crop species.
Classroom module 2 (half day) – Optimising irrigation in practice:
- examples of commonly used soil moisture sensors – their benefits and limitations;
- irrigation application equipment – review of the types of equipment available, including rain guns, booms, linear irrigators and drip systems;
- key actions to optimise performance of equipment including operating pressures and droplet size;
- recording water use and application uniformity;
- compliance with relevant environmental legislation;
- applying irrigation effectively and efficiently during a cropping season, with worked example.
Trainers are accredited by ARTIS
Participants receive an ARTIS Accredited Certificate