World Water Day 2018: delivering fertigation best practice to growers

The various stages of the “fertigation process” are shown in the schematic representation below. The Fertigation Bible contains descriptions of the technologies related to these stages.

The various stages of the “fertigation process” are shown in the schematic representation below. The Fertigation Bible contains descriptions of the technologies related to these stages.

NIAB EMR is supporting World Water Day 2018 through the delivery of irrigation best practice information research to growers – enabling the efficient and sustainable water use.

Thursday 22 March is World Water Day, a day to celebrate one of the planet’s most precious resources, fresh water. FERTINNOWA, at the forefront of communicating fertigation technologies and best practice, has developed “The Fertigation Bible”. This is a valuable resource of practical fertigation (the practice of applying fertilisers via irrigation systems) technology and application information for the global horticultural sector. To date, over 125 technology descriptions are provided.

“The Fertigation Bible is a unique resource for industry, drawing together a wealth of irrigation and fertigation expertise from 23 research and technology partners across the EU, encompassing many different crops and cropping systems,” commented Dr Eleftheria Stavridou, NIAB EMR Crop Physiologist. She added, “NIAB EMR is leading the development of plant-based models to support precision irrigation systems, ensuring the sustainable use of water across the horticultural sector.”

Each technology in The Fertigation Bible describes:

  • Purpose/aim of the technology
  • Regions, crops and cropping systems
  • Principles of operation – theory and in practice
  • Cost data
  • Benefits and challenges for the grower
  • Technological, socio-economic and regulatory bottlenecks and limitations
  • Impact of using this technology
  • Supporting systems required
  • Status of development at a research or commercial stage
  • The technology provider

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