Drip irrigation systems are the solution to bring the water direct to the plant and the soil around. As more and more agriculture is world wide done, 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. And 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 picture, the water comes directly to the plant. Only directly on the plant is it humid, the water is used purposefully.
The water used for irrigation is far from ideal
Since most of the water used in agriculture comes from rivers or wells, so it often contains many minerals and other ingredients. The wellwater is filtered, but the dissolved components are not removed by the filters. This means that the lime is distributed with the water and can clog tubings, pumps, valves and above all the emitters. On the picture you can see the crusts well. Here 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 in the system clog up, uneven distribution 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 where the emitters have to be completely replaced.
Merus Rings keep the water running
Merus is able to keep the salts in solution and thus reduce the clogging of the system. The ability of the Merus Rings to reduce lime, corrosion or even biofilms also comes into play during drip irrigation. Solved calcium will not block the nozzles of the emitter, or put a valve out of order.
How many Merus rings are needed in an irrigation system depends on the size of the system, i.e. how far the tubing extend. On the other hand of course from the water quality in the drip system.
We need to install a ring at each water source that feeds the system. In any case a ring to the main strand and depending on the size of the system to the main branches.
Nutrition given through drip irrigation system
Drip irrigation is not only used to supply the plants and the soil with water, but also for special nutrition. The use of irrigation for fertilization has the same effect as with water. The fertilizer arrives directly at the plants. This results in less wastage and less nutrition is needed.
Here, too, our customers have experienced that the increased solubility in water also makes fertilizers dissolve better. Of course with the same yield of the plant.