Course overview

Maximising crop yield and quality by developing irrigation and water management techniques can help growers demonstrate best practice to retailers and consumers. This course will recommend ways for growers to improve crop performance by evaluating the different types of irrigation and water managements systems available.

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.

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


Key facts

Course Dates
12-13 November 2019
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
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
CPD Points
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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