Irrigation Check Up Programme 2017-18
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council have now completed their Irrigation Check Up programme which ran from November through to February this year.
Irrigators volunteered to get their systems checked by two students employed by HBRC, and who were trained by Irrigation NZ.
The aim of this pilot programme was to increase the adoption of good irrigation practice, by working with voluntary participants to check their irrigation systems and provide them with feedback and results. It also involved a quick questionnaire to learn more about on farm management and scheduling.
Irrigation NZ is working with a number of regional councils around New Zealand on similar programmes.
What is the ‘Irrigation Check Up’ programme?
The programme involved FREE basic irrigation checks on each irrigation system for volunteer irrigators. A bucket test assesses distribution uniformity (DU) or emitter uniformity (EU) and also compares your ‘target depth measurement’ to an ‘actual applied depth’, so irrigators know if they are under or over applying water.
Those who then attended the follow up drop in sessions were able to learn more about their results and identify areas for improvement.
How to get involved
Bookings for the programme are now complete and a report will be published in the coming months to give an overview of the results.
Subject to availability throughout the year, you may wish to speak to Monique Benson on 0274 966 138 or Kate Jefferd 027 370 0751 at HBRC, or email email@example.com, if you missed out and wish to have your system checked. Alternatively this programme may continue next summer. This is yet to be confirmed.
Irrigation NZ has more information on the Irrigation Check Up process, go to irrigationnz.co.nz search key word annual assessment.
Irrigation Check-up Programme Evaluation
Please let us know if the Irrigation Check Up programme benefited you and if the results were useful by completing the evaluation form below. Your feedback will help us assess how effective the programme was and whether we should run it again. Thank you.