Description of practice

Irrigation optimization is a water-saving scheme using precise irrigation scheduling. Irrigation system managers determine the correct frequency and duration of watering to minimize costs and maximize yields.

Examples of how to use irrigation optimization Further information
(see Note below)

AMP58 01

Soil sensor network

Sensors are used to measure soil moisture and temperature at different depths in the rooting zone. The farmer can retrieve the data at any time using his mobile phone or computer.


»Cotton Farming

AMP58 02

Portable soil moisture sensor

Soil moisture sensors are used by the farmer to manage seasonal water application. This smart irrigation is essential to refine irrigation techniques and to meet specific soil and crop needs.


»Wikiwand - soil moisture sensor

AMP58 03

Local agreements on irrigation management

Local agreements between water users are made to prevent and manage conflicts concerning irrigation water. Under conditions of water scarcity, agreements ensure that irrigation water is used rationally and sustainably.


»WOCAT approach 2504

AMP58 04

Alternate wetting and drying

Irrigation is only supplied to a (rice) field whenever the soil moisture content reaches a certain level. This scheduling reduces water input without significantly affecting the yield.


»WOCAT technology 4671

Note: Most of the Further information links are to a full description of the example in the WOCAT database. However sometimes the link may be to similar practices or a research paper. Occasionally the link is to a commercial product in which case it should be understood that this does not imply any endorsement of the product by iSQAPER.

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