Darfield farmer Peter Abrahamson was a fan of fertigation (fertilisation of crops and pasture by liquids fed through irrigation systems) even before he could irrigate.
Tired of blanket irrigation's issues, two Massey University engineering graduates decided to create a solution.
A controversial dairy conversion in the Mackenzie Country is now allowed to irrigate, even as Environment Canterbury warns that such intensive farming in the area would not now get approval.
Getting the biggest bang for your buck out of fertiliser while protecting economic and environmental bottom lines is a key goal for farmers.
Launched in 2012, the Cobra irrigator, designed and manufactured by Hi-Tech Enviro Solutions, quickly became a farmer favourite for its efficiency and ease of use, says the company’s business manager Rob Johnson.
Smart irrigation is a practical way for irrigators to implement and demonstrate good management practice, says Irrigation NZ.
Farmers in the Hawarden basin in North Canterbury could still get an irrigation scheme by 2021, despite the failure of the Hurunui Water Project to attract enough interest to proceed.