Irrigation System, Microirrigation
Practice Code: 441
Reporting Unit: Number (No.) and Acre (Ac.)
A microirrigation system, also known as drip or trickle irrigation, is used for distribution of water directly to the plant root zone by means of surface or subsurface applicators.
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
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 Support Documents
Support Documents for this conservation practice are available for download from an abbreviated version of Section IV of the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG).
All support documents 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)
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
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