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How long should you run your drip irrigation?

One of the most common questions we get is “how long/often one should run their drip irrigation system to get the best out of it.”

Drip irrigation is an essential solution for farmers in Kenya. Drip irrigation is a low-tech, highly efficient solution for smallholder farmers. It can increase agricultural production by as much as 50% using only 10% of the water that farmers currently use. At the same time, drip irrigation also limits topsoil erosion, pest infestation and evaporation from the crop’s surface.

With a drip irrigation system, water deeply, but infrequently (once or twice a week). Apply enough water to penetrate the soil to a depth of approximately 20 cm. You can dig up the soil around the crop with your hand to check if it is moist.

There are a lot of factors that affect irrigation namely:

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A typical dry season watering schedule in a vegetable farm with a drip irrigation system is to run it twice/thrice a week, several hours at a time. However the best regime for you will depend on the factors above.




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  • Joseph Boit

    Joseph is the founder of Graduate Farmer, a Kenyan online platform that provides resources and tools to help farmers improve their agricultural practices and increase their productivity. Joseph is a passionate follower of Christ and farmer who loves to use technology to make a positive impact on people's lives.

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