Water conservation is an important topic, especially in South Africa. Water is essential to almost every industry imaginable, and agriculture is no exception. Without water, a farmer cannot hope to succeed, but too much water may also pose a problem to farmers by saturating the soil and disrupting nutrient absorption in plants.
Water management is essential to the success of every irrigation farm, whether it’s for wheat, maize, legumes, or potatoes. Efficient irrigation and drought readiness are important, and should be planned for from the very inception of such a farm. Efficient irrigation benefits both the farmer and crops on a variety of levels. Efficient irrigation entails much more than merely providing adequate hydration to plants and can benefit farmer and crop alike. Examples of efficient irrigation methods include using modern underground pipelines (less leakage), water-wise systems like micro or drip, and scheduling.
Water is integral to agriculture, but it can also affect farmers’ profit margins if it is distributed inefficiently, especially during periods with excessive rainfall. Over-irrigation can lead to soil saturation and poor aeration, which can lead to problems such as root rot, increased pest frequency, as well as reduced efficacy and leaching of nutrients. In addition, inefficient irrigation methods can cut into a farmer’s profits through inflated expenses (both in terms of water usage and electricity used to pump water).
Omnia Fertilizer can assist irrigation farmers to manage their farms more effectively by collecting and analysing relevant data, and then providing detailed solution recommendations which will increase crop yield (and profit margins) and decrease risk. Educating farmers about fertilization techniques, and then providing them with customised products, forms an important part of our solution. To book an assessment of your farm, or to find out more about Omnia Fertilizer, contact us on: 011 709 8888.