Effluent Water Application

SDI-E Sustainable Solution For Dairy Farmers

Challenging traditional methods of irrigation, SDI-E enables the efficient use of water and on-farm nutrients, minimizing the impact on the environment; meeting the needs of the modern Dairy Farmer. SDI-E is the subsurface drip irrigation solution that allows the consistent and reliable application of dairy effluent as a nutrient-rich fertilizer. Farmers have the capacity to sustainably grow feed crops utilizing on-farm nutrients producing higher quality and higher yields.

Recognized by the USDA as Official Conservation Practice, SDI-E qualifies for financial incentives through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). 

The Challenge for Dairy Farmers

Got Milk? California Dairy Farmers churn out 21% of Americas milk supply. The exceptional season of record breaking drought has been rough on California Dairies, driving up the cost of feed and water. Consumers feel the effects at the grocery store with an average cost of a gallon of milk between $3-$4. Facing incredible water challenges, farmers have been forced to let thousands of acres of forage crop lie parched and unplanted, making feed for livestock scarce and expensive. In addition to feed cost, farmers are paying more for water. 


SDI-E Helps Farmers Meet Challenges and Improve Smart Water Practices

Dairy Farmers face many challenges, one of which is the use of readily available, nutrient-rich liquid effluent as a forage crop fertilizer. With SDI-E, farmers tackle stricter environmental regulations benefiting the environment and improving operational efficiencies.

  • Increased yields
  • Increased water-Use efficiency
  • Reduced need for scarce water resource
  • Reduced risk of polluting water bodies
  • Reduces fertilizer expense by replacing synthetic fertilizer with on-farm nutrients
  • Reduced water usage allows farmers to weather extreme drought
  • Reduction in Greenhouse gas emissions by 90%
Keys To Success

Successful SDI-E Implementation Requires the Following Set-up

  • Maximum 5 Cows to 1 Acre Ratio for effective nutrient management
  • The use of 2 lagoons or settling ponds for effluent water filtration
  • Netafim's Patented Blending Control (#10143130) Technology
  • Use of sprinklers or flood irrigation for germination, then transition to SDI-E
  • Well-engineered water intake
Precision Irrigation

Make Your Farming Operation More Profitable

Subsurface Drip Irrigation (SDI) is a management tool that helps you gain control of the root zone environment by delivering water and nutrients straight to the roots of each plant. It helps you maintain optimal soil moisture levels, uniformly across your field, with better aeration. The result is increased yields, reduced water needs, and runoff, better management of crop quality, and less fertilizer and labor cost.

Additionally, you can use digital control systems to monitor and optimize your yield as it’s growing, gaining data about every stage of the crop lifecycle.


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