Fertigation In Vegetable Production Systems

Fertigation is the application of fertilizer using water. This guide will talk about fertigation using trickle irrigation and industrial fertilizers which may be utilized in certified organic systems.

The advanced greenhouse fertigation system – the fertigation manager may be implemented using any irrigation method. In fresh market vegetable production, trickle irrigation is the most common system used for fertigation and needs the most knowledge for successful use.

Drip irrigation, also referred to as trickle irrigation or micro-irrigation, applies water slowly, directly into the soil around the harvest. Drip irrigation normally uses less than half of the water of overhead and furrow irrigation.

The efficacy with drip irrigation surpasses 90 percent whereas a sprinkler system is between 50 to 70% effective. The high performance of drip irrigation is because of

(1) the water soaking into the ground before it can evaporate or runoff and

(2) the use of water just where it's required (near the harvest ) instead of over the whole area.

In dryer climates, the use of irrigation water into the harvest zone instead of the whole field assists in reducing weed pressure between pops. Another benefit of drip irrigation is that it reduces water consumption using above-ground harvest development (leaves, stems, and fruit) hence making conditions less favorable for all ailments.