Guest Post: Gravity-Powered Micro-Irrigation Can Help Your Farm Thrive

As the global water crisis grows and energy and input expenses continue to rise, the efficient use of resources in farming has never been more critical to profitability. 

In fact, limited water availability is forcing farmers in some areas to scale back planting in their fields, threatening the future viability of their operation.

Given these circumstances, utilizing irrigation methods can have a huge impact on your farm’s profit potential.

Two common approaches to irrigation

One way to address your crop’s water needs is to use flood irrigation, which still accounts for almost 40% of irrigated fields across the U.S. 

But flood irrigation has its drawbacks, potentially leading to water waste, low yields, land and mineral depletion and groundwater contamination. In many cases it also requires hours of manpower, which has financial implications, too. 

A second approach is to utilize an irrigation system, including centre pivots, sprinklers and high-pressure drip-irrigation. 

These systems tend to be highly efficient in terms of water use. But they require substantial upfront investment, rely on filtered water and are subject to very high seasonal energy consumption and maintenance costs—all of which can translate to many years before you see a return on your investment. 

The groundbreaking solution farmers have been waiting for

Designed specifically to address the gap between efficient irrigation and the high cost of achieving it, gravity-powered micro-irrigation is a technological breakthrough that can help your operation thrive.

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Gravity-powered micro-irrigation uses the leveled field infrastructure typical of flood-irrigated fields, enabling a fast, simple and reversible transition. Requiring minimum upfront investment, the sustainable and efficient solution is affordable to implement. And once up and running, it delivers substantial savings on water, energy, use of fertilizers and other resources. 

What’s more, the system uses no external energy source, relying on gravity alone to propel the water from source to crop. There is also no need for pressure-based filters, which can make conversion and maintenance costly. And, as if all this wasn’t enough, gravity-powered micro-irrigation has also been proven to maximize crop yields.   

This is a huge advantage when you consider the five- to eight-year ROI period delivered by other technological solutions, which eliminates the financial barrier faced by farmers wishing to upgrade their irrigation systems. 

Rather than reducing planting in your fields, you can leverage the water savings delivered by gravity-powered micro-irrigation to actually expand your operation, resulting in increased productivity and total income.

Here’s a summary of benefits of switching to gravity-powered micro-irrigation:

  • 75% lower conversion costs when compared to other micro-irrigation technology
  • Maximized yields when compared to flood irrigation
  • 40-70% reduction in water use when compared to flood irrigation, resulting in reduced energy costs
  • 40-60% reduction in fertilizer spend
  • Savings on the annual cost of field leveling due to no runoff/erosion
  • 40-70% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions 

Put gravity-powered micro-irrigation to work in your fields

N-Drip’s gravity-powered micro-irrigation system helps farmers irrigate precisely and efficiently, optimizing yields without requiring expensive pumps or pressure-based filters. Learn more and enjoy a special offer from N-Drip at Farmer2Farmer V on December 11-13 in Omaha. 

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