The quality of your wine grapes depends on a lot of factors. Some of those factors are relatively predictable and others are hardly predictable at all.
So if you want to make sure you’re growing consistently high-quality grapes, you need to make sure you have complete control over the water and nutrients feeding them. More important, you need a system that’ll give you control over vine growth, no matter your topography or climate.
Precision irrigation delivers water and nutrients straight to the roots of each plant – not the soil. The result is that you’ll be able to increase your wine yield and quality. But crucially, you’d also reduce the amount of fertilizer, water and labour you need.
And if you use digital control systems, you can make it easier to monitor and optimize your yield as it’s growing, and gain data about every stage of the wine grape lifecycle.
Pressure-compensated, thick-walled drip lines – designed to handle low water quality and the most difficult environments and topographies. Ideal for orchards, vineyards and other permanent crops.Read More
Medium and thick-walled drip Lines – perfect if you’re looking for durability, longevity and clog-resistance in challenging water conditions when irrigating on flat topographies. Ideal for subsurface drip, orchards, vineyards and field crops in permanent irrigation systems.Read More
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How much will precision irrigation cost me per hectare?
It varies. The price depends on three things. First, how you’ll get water from the source to the field – you’d need to choose the right pipelines based on distance and elevation. Second, your peak crop water demand, which is governed by your climate conditions and crop canopy cover. And finally, your topography, which will determine your emitter spacing. To give you a quote for a precision irrigation system cost per unit area, our agronomists would need to assess these factors. Get in touch so we can get started.
Why should I choose precision irrigation over other, cheaper methods?
It’s true that precision irrigation isn’t the cheapest method. But it does give you bigger grape yields of higher quality, every season, in a range of challenging environments. It’ll get you the results you need to meet market demand faster than any other method. And it’ll save you more water, fertilizer and labour than alternatives. So you get much better economic returns.
When should I start irrigating, and how should I do so?
Usually, wine grape growers start irrigating just after the end of the rainy season. But several other factors specific to your farm will affect the best time to do so.
"We felt like we needed to make a change. We had center pivots for awhile and they just don't work in our small field sizes. We needed to do something different, so we went with SDI because we could irrigate fields that you just can't irrigate with center pivot."
Kevin Matthews, President of Matthews Family Farm
Matthews Family Farm, North Carolina, USA
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You’re trying to keep a delicate balance between smart risk-management and optimal crop growth. That’s the challenge of open field agriculture.
You need a solution that makes the best use of your land, time and resources, while guaranteeing consistent results in the field. A solution that’s right for your crop, soil, climate, topography, crop cycles and business model.
That’s where precision irrigation comes in.Learn more