Since onions have a shallow root system, frequent irrigation is the best way to achieve high yields and uniform bulbs. This makes precision irrigation a no-brainer for onion growers.
Can I irrigate my onion crop daily?
Yes. Onions have a small root system, so irrigation frequency is key. The amount of time between irrigation applications can be adjusted to match both the growth stage and the soil type, making daily irrigation even more effective.
Can drip irrigation protect my crops?
Yes! Many onion canopy diseases thrive in high humidity environments. For example, Downey Mildew and Peronospora spread more rapidly in high humidity areas. Because drip irrigation maintains relatively low humidity, it reduces the spread of disease and the need for spraying crop protection chemicals.
Can my onions be monitored and irrigated remotely?
Advanced digital tools allow you to monitor and manage your irrigation and nutrition from the palm of your hand, giving you remote access by mobile, tablet or computer.
Why should I use drip irrigation over other irrigation methods?
Because the onion’s root system is relatively small, any resources distributed below the root zone or outside the plant radius is essentially wasted. Therefore, sprinkler systems water nearly 30% of the water and nutrients you are distributing. In addition to irrigating the root zone only, drip systems generate no evaporation or runoff, creating even higher levels of efficiency. Moreover, with drip the bulb’s size and shape uniformity is much higher and you can grow in sandy soils.
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