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Setting up drip irrigation

publication date: Feb 1, 2018
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I was a reluctant adopter of drip irrigation because I thought it would be complicated and there was no one using it nearby for me to learn from. When help arrived, I set up a pilot scheme for our paste tomatoes, and I became a convert. When we put up our hoophouse, we decided on drip irrigation during the design phase. Outdoors, we now use drip for all our long-row, long season crops, and wouldn’t be without it. It has the advantages of minimizing water use, and of not watering foliage and encouraging foliar diseases. A correctly installed drip system can use 50% - 80% less water than traditional overhead impact sprinklers. Furthermore, food safety is better with drip irrigation because the water does not usually touch the leaves, and the risk of transferring any pathogens from the water is reduced.

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