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Irrigation System, Microirrigation

 A microirrigation system conserves water by applying it directly to the root zone of the plant

Practice Code: 441
Reporting Unit: Number (No.) and Acre (Ac.)

A microirrigation system, also known as drip or trickle irrigation, is used to make frequent application of small quantities of water on or below the soil surface, as drops, tiny streams or miniature spray through emitters, or applicators placed along a water delivery line.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Irrigation water is applied directly to the plant root zone, reducing the amount of water needed to treat an entire area
  • Increases crop yields
  • Increases profitability
  • Protects water quality

Ground Disturbing Potential of Conservation Practices

This is a potential ground disturbing conservation practice. Any project with ground disturbing or potential ground disturbing practices planned may need to be submitted for review by the State Historic Preservation Officer and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers. Please see the Cultural Resources Review Process Flowchart for an outline of this process. View a list of conservation practices used in New York State, and their ground disturbing potential.   

Conservation Practice Documents

Web link image: Field Office Technical GuideDocuments associated with this and other conservation practices are available at the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide Web site.


Related Conservation Practices

This practice is commonly used in a Conservation Management System with practices such as:

Irrigation Pipeline (430)
Irrigation Water Management (449)
Water Well (642)

Additional Information

The following Web sites provide additional information related to this conservation practice.

Irrigation and Water Use  - USDA Economic Research Service
NRCS Irrigation Web page - USDA NRCS, Water Quality and Water Quantity

If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forest land, please contact your local NRCS Service Center.


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