The amount of moisture available at the different growth stages can affect how well the plants grow, their resistance to disease, and the yield of the crop. So farmers need to manage when they irrigate just as much as when they harvest!
In areas that have irregular precipitation, irrigation improves crop growth and quality. By allowing farmers to grow crops on a consistent schedule, irrigation also creates more reliable food supplies. Ancient civilizations in many parts of the world practiced irrigation.
Crops are irrigated by several methods: flooding an entire field, channeling water between rows of plants, spraying water through large sprinklers, or letting water drop onto plants through holes in pipes.
In this Episode I have a talk with Darren Siekman from Valley Irrigation about Irrigation Technology, the efforts to save water and how to improve the use of water in agriculture.