Automation is the key to producing consistently high grade crops profitably. A well designed, fully automatic irrigation system can help you achieve this.
Water Storage and Control
At the heart of any nursery irrigation system is the storage tank and pump with control equipment. Access’s sophisticated irrigation control systems can apply water to your nursery plants automatically before you arrive. Pumps can bring water from mains water storage tanks or bore holes. Alternatively, you can use a rainwater harvesting system to supply water to your irrigation.
Water is moved around the nursery using a pipe distribution system. Solenoid valves in tunnels, glasshouses and outdoor areas bring water to nursery plants using a variety of drip and sprinkler systems.
Drip irrigation systems are designed to minimise water consumption by ensuring that water is brought to each individual plant or tree. Pressure compensated dripper nozzles ensure that the output of the nozzles is consistent. As each drip irrigation nozzle has a low output large areas of drip irrigation can be watered at once.
For row crops drip tape can be used to create a low cost watering system, either in tunnels or on outside raised beds.
Sprinkler irrigation systems are designed for smaller pots, either under cover or in standing out beds. Modern low output nozzles provide high uniformity of water distribution and can be fitted a lower levels to reduce wind drift.
For smaller nurseries a simple battery valve can ensure the watering is done early in the morning. On larger sites a control panel can operate valve boxes distributed around the nursery.
For the rooting of cuttings and the propagation of seedling, simple mist propagation systems are available. Simple kits are designed to water benches up to 1.5m x 12.5m using either overhead sprinklers or sprinklers on risers.
For existing Mist Prop systems a stand alone controller is available.