Irrigating with efficiency and precision has been the mantra of the team of experts at Netafim over the past few weeks. Jovan Erasmus, Netafim’s agronomist for the north and central regions, is back on this episode of Farmer’s Inside Track, and this time he focuses on how to plan scheduling in orchard irrigation.
In the episode, Erasmus explains that orchards often have deeper root zones than open-field crops, which is one of the primary distinctions between orchard and open-field irrigation.
Which is why starting an irrigation system is very crucial while caring for an orchard.
According to Erasmus, the first few years of orchard irrigation require observation. Therefore, if a farmer neglects the first few years of a crop’s life, this may have an effect on its long-term productivity.
“There are also several other things that affects your long-term productivity of your investment. Things like climate, region, management, pests and diseases, fertilisers, markets, laborers, just to name a few,” he says.
Farming, he explains, can be a very fruitful investment and can look very lucrative when doing the sums.
“But farming is not easy. And as many aspects that are affected, making sure you plan properly is the most important thing before spending any money on that investment. Again, if you fail to plan you plan to fail.”
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