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Our irrigation page offers advice on how manage water requirements for potato and horticultural crops and also safeguard the environment. Find out more about drip irrigation versus rain guns, methods to cut water wastage and how to control irrigation costs while maintaining yields.

Advice and tips

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Irrigation efficiency advice for potato growers

Making efficient use of water this season is likely to become even more crucial for potato growers, with some having already used precious resources irrigating other crops. Water supplies are…

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Switching to electricity could cut irrigation costs

Using electricity rather than diesel to power irrigation pumps could cut energy bills in half. Hose reels remain the most popular way of irrigating crops and are used on about…

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Case studies

POTATOES

Drip irrigating potatoes promises more crop per drop

Potato growers could get 15% more yield and cut water usage by the same percentage by switching from rain guns to drip irrigation, according to on-farm trial results. That’s what…

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Work under way to slash water wastage in potato fields

Tramline compaction is causing potato growers to waste up to 14% of the water falling on their fields, and also risks nutrient and spray pollution into the environment. Water flowing…

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Irrigation investment helps salad potato business thrive

Like pouring water on to an expanding sponge, significant investment in its irrigation network has seen impressive growth for OW Wortley & Sons’ Nofolk-based potato enterprise. At peak flow the…

NEWS

Water trading spreads cost of securing irrigation supplies

The increasingly unpredictable weather in the UK has highlighted the importance of having access to sufficient water at all times of the growing season. The obvious answer is to invest…

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Insights

POTATOES

Video: Cultivating potato tramlines cuts run-off

Potato growers could slash water use and preserve soils by using a machine to stop water flowing down compacted tramlines. A trial conducted at the Elveden Estate last season as…

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All you need to know about water abstraction licence reform

There is a misconception that water is everywhere in the UK, but it is fast becoming a scarce resource with an uncertain future. With an increasing population comes more mouths…

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Fruit irrigation work shows potato potential

Research on irrigating strawberries with less water could translate to spuds. As drought threatens to curtail irrigation in many parts of the country, research in Kent – originally on strawberries – suggests…

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News

CROP WATCH

Potato crops will suffer if heatwave continues for too long

Like the rest of the country, it has been a bit tropical in the North of late. We had about 20mm of rain on 20 June and since then, the…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Growers count cost of drought and blackgrass

A lack of rainfall in recent weeks may have helped curb some disease threats such as potato blight in the North, but there are growing concerns on the impact of…

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Video

POTATOES

Video: Cultivating potato tramlines cuts run-off

Potato growers could slash water use and preserve soils by using a machine to stop water flowing down compacted tramlines. A trial conducted at the Elveden Estate last season as…

INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURE

Variable rate irrigation cuts costs for NZ grower

Irrigation systems that allow each nozzle to apply variable rates of water according to soil type and moisture deficit are improving New Zealand farmers’ water use efficiency. Irrigation is central…

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