Key facts

Course Dates
TBC
Type/Duration
The course will last for one day and will mainly be based in the field (most likely on-farm but with a combination of fieldwork and indoor teaching/groupwork/calculation). It will start with a short introduction, to be followed by an in-field evaluation practical. Classroom based work on data processing and calculations will follow.
Entry Requirements
No entry requirements.
Credits
0
Cost
£375.00
IFST Membership
Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
Course Provider
Cranfield University
Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
Cranfield University
Cohort
Mixed Cohort

Course overview

In-field evaluation of irrigation system performance is a crucial step in the “pathway to efficiency”. Without knowing the performance of the system, it is not possible to optimise water and energy efficiency. This practical, hands-on course will focus on understanding how to systematically evaluate the management and engineering performance of different types of irrigation system used in field-vegetable production including technical guidance on matching equipment to soil and crop management.

This practical one-day workshop is primarily for anyone involved with the management of irrigation systems and protocols for in-field vegetable production, such as agronomists, consultants, technical advisors and growers. It supplements the two-day theoretical training unit 'Water and Irrigation Management' that is a part of the Potato Production and Management credit bearing course.

This 1 day course will focus on understanding how to systematically evaluate the management and engineering performance of different types of irrigation system used in field-vegetable production including technical guidance on matching equipment to soil and crop management. This course is run by Cranfield University, and is held at Elveden Farm in Suffolk. It is supported by the UK Irrigation Association.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Evaluate the performance of an overhead irrigation system in terms of adequacy and uniformity.
  • Understand how performance can be improved.
  • Understand the links between water and energy efficiency in irrigation water management.
Additional Course Information

Areas covered will include:

  • Understanding wetting patterns from sprinklers and nozzles; the effect of pressure and wind-in speed; setting equipment to optimise uniformity and overlap; water uniformity distortion due to wind
  • Laying out catch-cans for irrigation evaluation; measuring pressure
  • Conducting infiltration tests for different soil types
  • Collecting and analysing field data
  • Application of computer simulation tools to support irrigation
    My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
    Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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