Course overview

This unit can be studied as part of the AFTP's 'Potato Production and Management' course.

Areas covered will include:

  • 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.

Key facts

Course Dates
12-13 November 2019
2 days
Fee info
£750 is the standalone unit fee or £648 as part of the Potato Production and Management module
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
AFTP Cohort
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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