RX's Tony Atwool and Phil Gatehouse discuss the recent irrigation conference held in Oamaru, highlighting the reality that new irrigation schemes have opened up new areas of the country that weren't previously irrigable.
Many of those areas are hill country, which means a new approach to irrigation - away from centre pivots and travelling irrigators needs to be considered.
Issues including preventing runoff, ensuring sufficient pressure, irrigating to deficit (not saturating a paddock to field capacity which then creates issues when it rains) were discussed, with farmers learning new expertise required to irrigate this kind of terrain.
The RX Plastics G-Set fixed irrigation system is designed to work well on more challenging country, where centre pivots and other options are not realistic or safe.
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