Agriculture

Soybean Irrigation Systems

Soybeans need a lot of water during their reproductive stages (once the plants begin to flower), yet across the globe, many farmers and growers using traditional means for soybean irrigation aren't necessarily giving their soybeans enough to thrive. In regions that battle drought, soybean yields are severely at risk unless a proper soybean irrigation system is put in place, and the best system for the job is precision drip irrigation.

The challenge for soybean farmers

Due to the thirsty nature of soybeans in their mid-stages of development, a soybean irrigation system needs to be able to keep up with the demand. Drip systems accomplish this with ease, delivering exactly the right amount of water directly to the root systems of each plant. Not only does this eliminate common problems such as evaporation, overwatering, and overconsumption, but drip systems are optimized to improve the overall quality of the soybeans, which has a significant impact on both yield and profit.

Soybean irrigation is most important from the first flower through to seed fill, during which time the plants need approximately 0.35 inches per day at peak. Netafim's driplines use innovative technology to guarantee performance and prevent clogging so that each soybean plant can access the water it needs to grow healthy toward maturity. With full control over your soybean irrigation system and the proper knowledge of how to irrigate soybeans, you can both increase your yield and save on water consumption.

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The goal of a drip soybean irrigation system is to maximize yield without compromising on cost or using (and wasting) too much water.

Drip irrigation enables growers to harness advanced control over the root environments of each soybean plant during their critical developmental stages. More control equates to more soybeans, as soybean yields are heavily affected by the amount of water they receive during stages R1 to R5.

When each and every soybean plant receives exactly the amount of water it needs throughout all stages of development, yields will not only be of higher quality, but of higher quantity, thus allowing farmers and growers to increase their production abilities (and physical acres of soybeans).

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