Tony Ware

What is Surge Flow Irrigation?

First developed as recently as the 1970s, surge flow irrigation is an irrigation technique that has the potential to increase the efficiency of furrow irrigation to the sort of level that is normally seen with drip and sprinkler irrigation. It also opens up the possibility of automating furrow irrigation. The introduction of surge flow irrigation […]

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Soil Types that Need Little Irrigation

The type of soil a piece of land or a garden area has will determine two things. Firstly, it indicates what type of plants will thrive when planted in it. Secondly, it will govern how well it holds and drains water and, therefore, how much irrigation it will need to keep plants healthy. How Soil […]

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How to Sample Golf Course Soil

Getting to grips with the condition of the soil on a golf course is no simple task. Golf courses are vast. They cover huge areas of ground. It means you will encounter various types of soil and environmental conditions. Certain areas of the course will be open and exposed to the elements. Other sections of […]

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How to Improve Soil Quality for Farming

Agricultural farming has never been more important than it is today, especially with the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the impending world grain shortage. Farmers need to do everything possible to increase the quality of their soil so it can produce even better yields. Farmers have already begun taking steps since the Government’s landmark Agriculture […]

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What is Border Irrigation?

Border and Basin Irrigation are similar types of surface irrigation systems in as much as they both disperse a uniform sheet of water over the field. With Basin Irrigation, water is applied to a level field surrounded by dykes that make the water “pond” for a while. Border Irrigation, on the other hand, involves a […]

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How to Prime an Irrigation Pump

One of the best ways of ensuring the growth of healthy plants and vegetables is to ensure you use an appropriate irrigation method. Whether you are a home gardener or farmer, one of the most common ways of irrigating plants and crops is with the use of an irrigation pump. There are several different types […]

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What is Inundation Irrigation?

Inundation irrigation is one of the earliest and simplest forms of surface irrigation. It is still used today in many places around the world where technology is not readily available, and equipment cost is an important consideration. A Brief History of Irrigation The earliest traces of irrigation date back over 6,000 years to Mesopotamia, a […]

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What is Flood Irrigation?

Flood irrigation is one of the first-ever types of irrigation known to humankind. It describes a process where water is introduced to a plain or field and is allowed to soak into the soil in order to irrigate the plants planted there. It is still used in some parts of the world (particularly developing nations) […]

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A Look at Internet Irrigation Controllers and How They Work

Watering your garden or lawn can be something of a chore. The bigger the area you're watering, the more of a chore it becomes. It's why irrigation systems were designed. If you've already automated your garden watering it is probably one of your best time-saving achievements, especially during those hot summer months. That network of […]

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What is Furrow Irrigation?

Furrow irrigation comes under the umbrella term of "surface irrigation", which is one of the oldest methods of irrigation, stretching back at least 8,000 years and some of the techniques originally employed are still in use across the world today. The earliest recorded systems of irrigation go back to 6,000 BC in Egypt and Mesopotamia. […]

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What is Polytunnel Irrigation?

If you are a keen gardener, you enjoy growing fruit and vegetables, and you are searching for ways of improving your harvest, a polytunnel could be the answer. Polytunnels work on a similar principle to greenhouses - to provide cover from extreme weather conditions and minimise damage from pests. They are also a great way […]

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What is an Irrigation Ditch?

Irrigation ditches have been around for centuries here in the UK. Just a few years ago, in 2014, archaeologists who were working as part of a £1 billion development funded by the University of Cambridge came across what is thought to be a network of specifically constructed ditches which are now believed to be evidence […]

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What is Crop Irrigation?

Without crop irrigation, humankind would never have evolved in the way we have. We would still be a species that inhabits habitats adjacent to plentiful supplies of fresh water. But even in those earliest of days, without some sort of water carriers, agriculture, necessary to grow crops to feed and sustain us would never have […]

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A Look at the Indus Basin Irrigation System

IBIS, which stands for Indus Basin Irrigation System, is the largest irrigation system on the planet. It services Afghanistan, China, India, and Pakistan, providing water to more than 1.6 million square kilometres of agricultural land in Pakistan. The 45 million acres of farmland irrigated by IBIS produce a wide variety of foodstuffs to both feed […]

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What is Smart Irrigation?

You will be familiar with smartphones and probably smart TVs. But you may not be familiar with smart irrigation. Smart irrigation might not affect you right now, but it is working on your behalf and is being used to improve our lives and to protect and conserve our environment Why Smart Irrigation Needs to be […]

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Solar Irrigation Systems and the Benefits They Offer

Solar power is a great sustainable alternative form of energy. The concept of using solar power to drive things like drip irrigation systems, which themselves are water-efficient and contribute significantly to conservation, is very appealing. But it's not just the electricity you are saving. Solar irrigation systems can use rainwater that is collected in water […]

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What is Micro Irrigation?

If you haven't encountered micro-irrigation before, it is something that is used to aid the growing plants in various activities and industries, including gardening, agriculture, horticulture, and landscaping. In addition to sustaining plant life, the other aims of this type of irrigation are to bring about greater water efficiency and assist conservation. A more traditional […]

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How Do Agricultural Irrigation Systems Work?

In countries that don’t get regular, reliable rainfall, the agricultural industry turns to the science of irrigation to get the water to crops so they can survive and flourish. It is needed even here in the UK, which we all tend to denigrate for its seemingly constant rainfall, because there isn’t an even spread of […]

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The Reasons Why Irrigation is Important

The development is irrigation is inextricably connected with the evolution of human civilisation. The first forms of irrigation date back over 8,000 years. Systematic irrigation was around 6000 BC in Egypt and what was then known as Mesopotamia. Early Irrigation in Egypt The River Nile flooded its banks for several months each year. The Egyptians […]

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Basin Irrigation Explained

The two most important things needed for plant growth are sunshine and water. Humankind has not been able to do much so far as regards sunshine, but we have been able to manipulate water, and that process is known as irrigation. Basically, irrigation can be described as replenishing water storage at the plant root zone […]

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How to Increase the Water Pressure in a Garden Hose

Having low pressure in your garden hose can make watering a time-consuming and even frustrating prospect. If you can improve that pressure, you can bring the joy back into watering your garden. It will mean that you can water at greater distances and more effectively. It’s better for both you and your garden. Thankfully, increasing […]

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How Much Water Crops Need and Why

The UK agricultural and farming industry only contributes a relatively small amount to the national economy and employment stakes. However, it uses nearly 75% of the total land area and produces many important benefits for the population, the most obvious of which is the food it provides. Some of the side benefits that the agricultural […]

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Add 2-Wire Decoder Irrigation to Your SCADA PLC

PLC (Programmable Logic Controllers) may now be enabled to run irrigation using 2wire decoders. This is useful where the PLC is already doing control, like waste-water or pumping, but irrigation or water spreading is also needed. With Irrigation added, it can then be incorporated into SCADA. Currently, to control irrigation, multi-wire outputs (usually relay) need […]

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How to Water a Vegetable Garden

According to the RHS, the key to correctly watering a vegetable garden to ensure that the water reaches a soil depth of 30cm or one foot. You can check by digging one spade depth into the soil. If the soil at that depth is moist, further watering is unnecessary. They also say that while over-watering […]

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