Introduction: Aims and objectives; Role of irrigation in UK production; “Pathway to efficiency”; Irrigation Benchmarking.
Irrigation water requirements: Evapotranspiration; Estimation of ET; Effective rainfall; Irrigation need.
Water holding capacity of soils: Effect of soil texture, structure and rooting depth.
Water resources & regulation: Abstraction licences & drought orders; CAMS; Reservoirs; Working together and abstractor groups; Water trading.
Irrigation scheduling: Critical water contents; Soil water measurement; Water balance approaches.
Operating in-field systems: Making the best of rain-guns, booms, sprinklers and trickle; Performance evaluation; Advantages, disadvantages; energy requirements and costs of operation; Precision irrigation.
Economics and risks: Economics of irrigation; Climate change.
12-13 November 2019
£750 is the standalone unit fee or £648 as part of the Potato Production and Management module