Course overview

This unit can be studied as part of the AFTP's "Advanced Sugar Beet Production and Management" or "Potato Production and Management" courses. It will cover the scientific basis for efficient irrigation and water management in the UK.

There is an increasing need for efficient and effective irrigation and water management to maximise crop yield and quality whilst making best use of the water available. This is important for meeting the standards required by retailers and consumers; for demonstrating best practice (for example when considering licence renewal); and to minimise costs of production.

Key facts file

Course Dates:

20 - 21 Feb 2019

Title: Irrigation and Water Management

Short course - 2 days.

This course can also be taken as part of the Potato Production and Management or the Advanced Sugar Beet Production and Management course.

Entry Requirements:

Graduate level or relevant experience within the crops industry

Credits: 0
Cost: £750.00
Course Provider: Cranfield University
Course Arrangements: Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location: Cranfield University
CPD Points: 14

Learning outcomes

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

  • Estimate the seasonal and peak irrigation and water requirement for a given crop / soil / climate.
  • Evaluate the performance of different types of irrigation and water management systems and recommend how to improve performance
  • Select an appropriate irrigation scheduling method for a given crop / soil / climate.


Additional Course Information

Areas covered will include:

  • Role of irrigation and water management in UK production
  • Irrigation water requirements
  • Water holding capacity of soils
  • Water resources & regulation
  • Irrigation scheduling
  • Operating in-field systems
  • Economics and risks
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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