When irrigation is appropriate to its location and circumstances, it can be an essential element of farm sustainability. Sustainable irrigation includes taking good care of the soil and water source, constantly improving soil health, being efficient in your use of water and energy, treating neighbors and other water users fairly, and keeping costs down so you can be profitable and stay in farming for the long haul. Aimed at beginning farmers with little or no experience, this course begins at square one and demystifies the irrigation process: providing a friendly introduction to equipment, terminology, and safety precautions. Unlike other irrigation courses that take a more industrial or engineering approach, this one maintains a strong focus on sustainability throughout.
by Dave Scott, NCAT Livestock Specialist
by Mike Morris, NCAT Energy Specialist
by Vicki Lynne, NCAT Energy Engineer
Narrated by Tammy Howard, NCAT Agricultural Specialist
This lesson includes:
1. Learning to recognize a wide variety of sprinkler systems
2. Learning how the different sprinkler systems work, pros and cons, and situations where they are appropriate
3. Common terminology used to describe these systems
4. Basic safety precautions
Do you have any questions or comments about this project?
Mike Morris ~ Energy Specialist
NCAT, The National Center for Appropriate Technology
P.O. Box 3838
Butte, MT 59701