Drip irrigation systems are the most efficient solution to bring the water direct to the soil around the plant. As more and more agriculture is done world wide, the need of water for watering the plants is increasing.
In areas where there is enough water, pivots or sprinklers are used for watering the soil. As the demand for food and thus the demand for land is constantly increasing, water is becoming scarce in many places of the world. And drip irrigation or similar efficient solutions are required.
There is simply not enough water left, to irrigate all areas generously. And this is where drip irrigation comes in. As you can see on the first picture, the water comes directly to the plant, drip by drip. Only the plant itself and the soil direct around it is humid, the water is used purposefully and as little as possible is wasted.
Water used for irrigation is too often far from ideal
Since most water used in agriculture comes from open waters, such as rivers and lakes or wells, it often contains many minerals and other ingredients. Watering plants without treatment can entail risks. For the irrigation system, but also for the pipes and valves. This is why the well water is filtered. But the dissolved parts such as calcium are not removed by these filters.
This means the contained calcium is distributed through the tubing. And can clog tubings, harm pumps, valves and above all the emitters. On the picture you can see the crusts well. They are just beginning to form. In a short time however, the lime can block the emitter and thus reduce or even stop the irrigation. If individual nozzles or emitters in the system clog up, uneven distribution and watering occurs, and it is only a matter of time before the drip irrigation system no longer functions.
We know of many farms, where the emitters have to be cleaned at regular intervals. Or worse, where the emitters have to be completely replaced, after 3 or 4 times cleaning.
Merus Rings keep the water running
Merus is able to keep the salts in solution and thus reduce the clogging of the entire drip irrigation system. The ability of the Merus Rings to reduce the build up of limescale, corrosion or biofilms also comes into play during drip irrigation. Solved calcium will not block the nozzles of an emitter, or put a valve out of order. No biofilm in the tubing, will not block any valve or emitter.
How many Merus rings are needed in an irrigation system depends on the size of the system, i.e. how far the tubings extend. On the other hand of course from the water quality in the drip system. We need to install a ring at each source of water that feeds the system. Means every borewell and every pump in a lake or a river, we have to equip.
In any case Merus Rings at the main strand and depending on the size of the drip system to a few or all main branches.
This sound expensive, it is not. Compared to cost involved in cleaning emitters and the system at regular base. Or replacing certain parts of the system. Considering this the ROI is at 3 to 6 month. We dont take in this calculation the savings of brocken equipment, or the savings of nutrients, or the case no water at all reaches certain plants.
Nutrition given through drip irrigation system
Drip irrigation is not only used to supply the plants and soil surface with water, but also for nutrition. The use of irrigation for fertilization has the same benefits as with water. The fertilizer arrives directly at the plants. This results in less wastage and less nutrition might be needed.
Here too, our customers have experienced that the increased solubility in water also makes fertilizers and other additives dissolve better. Of course with the same yield of the plant.