High Tunnels and Drip Irrigation              Making a Difference in Minnesota
Drip Irrigation Considerations                         withHigh Tunnel Production Systems      Jerry Wright, Retired Exten...
Reasons for Using Drip/Trickle                 Irrigation     in High Tunnel Production System•Efficiently & Uniformly App...
Irrigation System Needs!!!• Water supply• System performance    –   Uniform water application    –   Flexible & crop speci...
Water Supply!!!    3 to 10 gallons per minute per tunnelDependent on Drip Flow Rate    and Tubing Layout
Estimated Daily Crop Water Use “ET”                          Typical Annual Crop                      0.30                ...
Irrigation Water Applied in 2005                                          Average Inches per Day                          ...
IRRIGATION WATER USE                  PERMIT               Minnesota Rules     www.dnr.state.mn.us/permits/water/index.htm...
Water Quality Concerns??• Iron–Calcium-Sand (groundwater)• Algae – Sand – Silt (surface water)• Water Treatment  – Screen/...
What are the soil characteristics       in the proposed site???• Rooting potential     – Restrictive layer•   Drainage lim...
Know Your Soil Rooting Depth      andHow Will WaterRe-Distribute!
Drip Irrigation System Options!!!
Drip Irrigation System  Characteristics!!! •   Low pressure & small water supply •   High water application efficiency •  ...
Drip Irrigation Wetted Pattern           Design!!!
Line Source Drip Tape• Tape  – Emitters manufactured within the tape wall  – Common spacings: 4”, 8", 12", 16", 18", 24’’ ...
Line Source Drip Tubing• Tubing (in-line emitter devices)  – heavy wall thickness: 2-3 times tape  – Variable spacings: 9,...
Drip Irrigation System              Water application rate!!!Table 4:     Average Application Rate from Drip Irrigation Sy...
Drip Irrigation System Design ??One or Two Lateral Lines per Row
Drip Tube PlacementPlants off-set down      the row
Drip Tube Placement• Tube should be installed at same time/prior to mulch• Single-row crops:tomatoes,cucumbers, muskmelons...
Drip Installation Prior to Plastic Mulch     Hand or Mechanical Installation
Drip Installation Prior to Plastic MulchOn a smooth soil surface & slightly buried
Header Options
Water S upply & Pump                                                                  Pressure G auges                    ...
Drip Irrigation SystemOperation & Maintenance!!!              • Easily damaged                 – Rodents, hoe,            ...
Drip Irrigation Control Assembly
Water S upply & Pump                                                                   Pressure G auges                   ...
Drip Irrigation Control AssemblyCost: $300–600 + water supply system
Trickle Irrigation System    Zone - Design!!!
FERTIGATION          Nutrient "spoon-feeding"• Check out chemical compatibility with irrigation water• Provide backflow pr...
CHEMIGATION - Fertigation           Nutrient "spoon-feeding"• Calibration to a daily or weekly feeding program• Assess bac...
When & How Much Should I Water????
Average Irrigation Applied in High Tunnel Tomatoes                                    Gallons per Plant per inDay - Tomato...
In-Field Soil Water Assessment
Soil Water Monitoring Sensors
Sensors Installation Steps• Soak sensors in water 2-3 hours  & air dry – repeat cycle 2/3 Xs• Place in soil profile within...
SOIL WATER DEFICITS                         for          Typical Soils & Soil Water Tensions              Good Range for H...
Soil Water Monitoring Sensors             Installation Tips• Soak sensors in water 2-3 hours  & air dry – repeat cycle 2/3...
Soil Water Monitoring   Irrometer Co - http://www.irrometer.com/Spectrum Technologies - http://www.specmeters.com
Automatic Soil Moisture Monitoring    Save 10 to 20 minutes Each Day               $500-650Hansen AM400 Soil Moisture Data...
Extension Materials             Minnesota High Tunnel Production Manualhttp://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticult...
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  • High Tunnel Workshop February 2012 Jerry Wright, jwright@umn.edu
  • High Tunnel Workshop February 2012 Jerry Wright, jwright@umn.edu
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  • High Tunnel Workshop February 2012 Jerry Wright, jwright@umn.edu
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  • High Tunnel Workshop February 2012 Jerry Wright, jwright@umn.edu
  • High Tunnel Workshop February 2012 Jerry Wright, jwright@umn.edu
  • High Tunnel Workshop February 2012 Jerry Wright, jwright@umn.edu
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  • High Tunnel Workshop February 2012 Jerry Wright, jwright@umn.edu
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  • High Tunnel Workshop February 2012 Jerry Wright, jwright@umn.edu
  • High Tunnel Workshop February 2012 Jerry Wright, jwright@umn.edu
  • High Tunnel Workshop February 2012 Jerry Wright, jwright@umn.edu
  • High Tunnel Workshop February 2012 Jerry Wright, jwright@umn.edu
  • High Tunnel Workshop February 2012 Jerry Wright, jwright@umn.edu
  • High Tunnel Workshop February 2012 Jerry Wright, jwright@umn.edu
  • High Tunnel Workshop February 2012 Jerry Wright, jwright@umn.edu
  • High Tunnel Workshop February 2012 Jerry Wright, jwright@umn.edu
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  • High Tunnel Workshop February 2012 Jerry Wright, jwright@umn.edu
  • High Tunnel Workshop February 2012 Jerry Wright, jwright@umn.edu
  • High Tunnel Workshop February 2012 Jerry Wright, jwright@umn.edu
  • High Tunnel Workshop February 2012 Jerry Wright, jwright@umn.edu
  • High Tunnel Workshop February 2012 Jerry Wright, jwright@umn.edu
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    1. 1. High Tunnels and Drip Irrigation Making a Difference in Minnesota
    2. 2. Drip Irrigation Considerations withHigh Tunnel Production Systems Jerry Wright, Retired Extension Engineer Associate Professor Emeritus University of Minnesota Extension Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering Dept West Central Research & Outreach Center - Morris, Mn High Tunnel Workshop – 2012 jwright@umn.edu or wrightsj@charter.net Making a Difference in Minnesota
    3. 3. Reasons for Using Drip/Trickle Irrigation in High Tunnel Production System•Efficiently & Uniformly Applies Crop Water as Needed– to maintain optimum growing conditions – for transplant establishment – for uniform plant/produce development • by enhancing INPUT use efficiency– to protect & enhance yield and quality•Effectively Applies Some Nutrients in Water
    4. 4. Irrigation System Needs!!!• Water supply• System performance – Uniform water application – Flexible & crop specific control – Fertigation?? – Frost protection?? – Cooling??• System Options• Operating Labor• Cost????• Consult Local Experts
    5. 5. Water Supply!!! 3 to 10 gallons per minute per tunnelDependent on Drip Flow Rate and Tubing Layout
    6. 6. Estimated Daily Crop Water Use “ET” Typical Annual Crop 0.30 0.25ET - Inches per day 0.20 0.15 0.10 0.05 0.00 9- 23 14 28 11 25 6- 20 3- 17 Ju Au Se -J -M -J -A -S -M -J ul l un u g ug p ep ay ay n Annual water use = 8 to 18 inches
    7. 7. Irrigation Water Applied in 2005 Average Inches per Day High Tunnel Tomatoes at Staples, MN m · may = 5–10 inches more than outside m m YInches of water per day m ª m ü m M m ž m ï m @
    8. 8. IRRIGATION WATER USE PERMIT Minnesota Rules www.dnr.state.mn.us/permits/water/index.htmlIN EXCESS OF 10,000 GALLONS PER DAY(= 7 gpm)GREATER THAN ONE MILLION GALLONS / YEARWITHDRAWAL LIMITS ON SURFACE WATER  6 ACRE-INCHES PER ACRE with STREAM FLOW MINIMUMGROUND WATER LIMITS  12-15 ACRE-INCHES PER ACRE  CANNOT CREATE ANY INTERFERENCE WITH DRINKING WELLSWELL CONSTRUCTION FEE $235 (Mn Dept Health)IRRIGATION APPLICATION FEE $150 - $300(after the fact)ANNUAL REPORT ($140 minimum fee) for 50M Gallons
    9. 9. Water Quality Concerns??• Iron–Calcium-Sand (groundwater)• Algae – Sand – Silt (surface water)• Water Treatment – Screen/Disc Filters, – Sand filter Tanks – Chemical treatment?????
    10. 10. What are the soil characteristics in the proposed site???• Rooting potential – Restrictive layer• Drainage limitations• Soil texture• Water holding capacity• Consult local experts – NRCS & Extension
    11. 11. Know Your Soil Rooting Depth andHow Will WaterRe-Distribute!
    12. 12. Drip Irrigation System Options!!!
    13. 13. Drip Irrigation System Characteristics!!! • Low pressure & small water supply • High water application efficiency • Solid-set management – variety of emitter spacings – Irrigate crops separately • Moderate Labor – easily automated • Works well with mulches – plastic • No frost protection • Emitters’ plug easily • Tube damage
    14. 14. Drip Irrigation Wetted Pattern Design!!!
    15. 15. Line Source Drip Tape• Tape – Emitters manufactured within the tape wall – Common spacings: 4”, 8", 12", 16", 18", 24’’ – Flow rates (GPH) @ 8 psi: .16, .21, .33, .53 • .45GPM/100feet = 27 GPH/100ft or .67GPM = 40GPH/100ft. – Wall thickness (mil): 6, 8, 10, 15 • One to two year of usage – Maximum operating pressures: • 6 mil @ 10 psi – • 8 mil @ 12 psi • 10 mil @ 14 psi •15 mil @ 25 psi – ?? Pressure compensated drippers for more uniformity of water and fertilizer applications• Surface or sub-surface installations
    16. 16. Line Source Drip Tubing• Tubing (in-line emitter devices) – heavy wall thickness: 2-3 times tape – Variable spacings: 9, 12, 18, 24, 48” – multi-seasonal use • 6 to 10 times more costly – pressure compensated dripper options for best uniformity of water and fertilizer applications and self-flushing: dirt and debris during operation• Surface or sub-surface installations
    17. 17. Drip Irrigation System Water application rate!!!Table 4: Average Application Rate from Drip Irrigation Systems by Jerry Wright, Extension Engineer, University of Minnesota Email: jwright@umn.edu (April 2005) Drip Tube Flow ********** Wetted Soil Width in Inches ************* GPM GPH 8 12 16 20 24 per 100ft per 100ft Average Application Rate - Inches per Hour 0.200 12 0.29 0.19 0.14 0.12 0.10 0.250 15 0.36 0.24 0.18 0.14 0.12 0.300 18 0.43 0.29 0.22 0.17 0.14 0.350 21 0.51 0.34 0.25 0.20 0.17 0.450 27 0.65 0.43 0.32 0.26 0.22 0.670 40 0.97 0.64 0.48 0.39 0.32 0.850 51 1.23 0.82 0.61 0.49 0.41 1.700 102 2.45 1.64 1.23 0.98 0.82 Appl. Rate inches/hour = 12 in/ft * (GPH/100ft)/(7.48 gal/cuft * 100 * wetted width in feet) file: irrigation gallons per ET version 3e.xls
    18. 18. Drip Irrigation System Design ??One or Two Lateral Lines per Row
    19. 19. Drip Tube PlacementPlants off-set down the row
    20. 20. Drip Tube Placement• Tube should be installed at same time/prior to mulch• Single-row crops:tomatoes,cucumbers, muskmelons – Place tube 4 to 5 inches from the center or in the center• Double-row crops: eggplant, peppers and strawberries – tube should be placed directly on the center of the bed• Placement: keep emitters up and place in a shallow groove or buried (1-2”) to aid in keeping from shifting in the bed or fasten each end of tubing to keep straight•Caution – avoid puncturing tube during planting/staking
    21. 21. Drip Installation Prior to Plastic Mulch Hand or Mechanical Installation
    22. 22. Drip Installation Prior to Plastic MulchOn a smooth soil surface & slightly buried
    23. 23. Header Options
    24. 24. Water S upply & Pump Pressure G auges Filter Control Timer Valve Filter B ackf low De vice Chemical Sub-main Air - Flushing Injector Release Valve Pressure Regulator Tee Adapter To Drip Tube Drip Tubes with Shu t of fShut of f Valve Valves High Tunnel House 2004 Jerry Wright, University of Minnesota
    25. 25. Drip Irrigation SystemOperation & Maintenance!!! • Easily damaged – Rodents, hoe, • Emitters’ easily plugged – Iron and calcium – Sand, algae – Some fertilizers
    26. 26. Drip Irrigation Control Assembly
    27. 27. Water S upply & Pump Pressure G auges Filter Control Timer Valve Filter B ackf low De vice Chemical Sub-main Air - Flushing Injector Release Valve Pressure Regulator Tee Adapter To Drip Tube Drip Tubes with Shu t of f Shut of f Valve Valves High Tunnel HouseDrip Irrigation Control Assembly 2004 Jerry Wright, University of Minnesota
    28. 28. Drip Irrigation Control AssemblyCost: $300–600 + water supply system
    29. 29. Trickle Irrigation System Zone - Design!!!
    30. 30. FERTIGATION Nutrient "spoon-feeding"• Check out chemical compatibility with irrigation water• Provide backflow protection – MDA Fertigation permit?
    31. 31. CHEMIGATION - Fertigation Nutrient "spoon-feeding"• Calibration to a daily or weekly feeding program• Assess backflow protection between water source – ?MDA Permit?
    32. 32. When & How Much Should I Water????
    33. 33. Average Irrigation Applied in High Tunnel Tomatoes Gallons per Plant per inDay - Tomatoes Average Irrigation Applied High Tunnel Staples 2005 field observations Gallons per Plant per Day - Staples 2005 use more water indicate cucumbers can 1.00 Plt/dy in 18" spacing Plt/dy in 24" spacing 0.90 Poly. (Plt/dy in 18" spacing) Poly. (Plt/dy in 24" spacing) 0.80 0.70 0.60Gallons per Plant per day 0.50 0.40 0.30 0.20 0.10 0.00 3-Jul 5-Jun 2-Oct 9-Oct 10-Jul 17-Jul 24-Jul 31-Jul 12-Jun 19-Jun 26-Jun 4-Sep 7-Aug 15-May 29-May 22-May 18-Sep 11-Sep 25-Sep 14-Aug 21-Aug 28-Aug
    34. 34. In-Field Soil Water Assessment
    35. 35. Soil Water Monitoring Sensors
    36. 36. Sensors Installation Steps• Soak sensors in water 2-3 hours & air dry – repeat cycle 2/3 Xs• Place in soil profile within plant row at 2 to 3 depth locations• Mark sensor depths and site• !!! Read Sensors Frequently !!!!
    37. 37. SOIL WATER DEFICITS for Typical Soils & Soil Water Tensions Good Range for High Tunnels - 25 to 40 centibars Soil water tension in centibars, cbs Soil Texture 10 30 50 70 100 200 1500** Soil water deficit – inches per foot of soil Coarse sand 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.7 Fine sand 0 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.7 0.9 1.1 Loamy sand 0 0.4 0.5 0.8 0.9 1.1 1.4 Sandy loam 0 0.5 0.7 0.9 1.0 1.3 1.7 Loam 0 0.2 0.5 0.8 1.0 1.6 2.4**1500 cbs is approximately the permanent wilting point for most plants and the soil water deficit values equal the soil’s available water holding capacity
    38. 38. Soil Water Monitoring Sensors Installation Tips• Soak sensors in water 2-3 hours & air dry – repeat cycle 2/3 Xs• Place in soil profile within plant row at 1 to 2 depth locations• Mark sensor depths and site• !!! Read Sensors Frequently !!!!
    39. 39. Soil Water Monitoring Irrometer Co - http://www.irrometer.com/Spectrum Technologies - http://www.specmeters.com
    40. 40. Automatic Soil Moisture Monitoring Save 10 to 20 minutes Each Day $500-650Hansen AM400 Soil Moisture Data Logger Watermark Soil Moisture Date Logger
    41. 41. Extension Materials Minnesota High Tunnel Production Manualhttp://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticulture/M1218.html or http://www.mfvga.org/Handbook –“Trickle Irrigation in the Eastern United States” NRAES #4 http://www.nraes.org High Tunnels for the Central Great Plains - Kansas http://www.hightunnels.org/ High Tunnel Production in Pennsylvania http://plasticulture.cas.psu.edu/H-tunnels.html Plastic Mulches & Drip for Vegetable Production North Carolina State University Extension http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/hil/hil-33.htmlMicro irrigation in Mulched Bed Production Systems: Irrigation Depths Florida Cooperative Extension http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/AE049 Making a Difference in Minnesota
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