The correct amount of water on your cotton crop is essential for producing high yields. Zimmatic irrigation systems bring a cost effective solution, alleviating risk when the weather isn't cooperating. They also give you more flexibility when it comes to planting, because your timeline is not affected by nature. Proper irrigation management minimises yield loss due to crop water stress, optimises yield per unit of water applied & promotes good management practices. The result is a greater return on investment.
Irrigation application on cotton crops is traditionally discharged at a constant rate for an entire field. However, not all plants in a crop may require the same amount of water due to the nature of the crop, soil type, topography, difference in variety, crop condition (eg: disease and water stress) and meteorological conditions.
The obvious benefit to irrigating with a centre pivot or lateral system is that it produces less waste. You get even, precise water application across the rows, rather than too much water at the other end of the field where the flood irrigation commences. You won't lose water to evaporation, and you can control the timing and the amount of water applied. There is also less runoff, helping prevent contamination of the water table and nearby streams.
Sustainable irrigation practices is the key that has made the Australian cotton industry a global leader and a highly sought after product.
TEAM Irrigation works with many cotton growers to ensure they are effectively managing the application of irrigation. Proper irrigation management minimises yield loss due to crop water stress, optimises yield per unit of water applied and results in a greater return on investment.
TEAM Irrigation promotes Lindsay Zimmatic Centre Pivots & Lateral Move Irrigaters for all cotton crops.
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