The development of a central irrigation scheduling system, and continuous training in the application thereof, for grape producers of Eksteenskuil

Project Number
WW 18-22

Project title
The development of a central irrigation scheduling system, and continuous training in the application thereof, for grape producers of Eksteenskuil

Project leader
Myburgh, P A

Team members
Du Toit, A F
Metteler, H
Brink, J W

Project description
The project entails irrigation scheduling of vineyards of small-scale farmers at Eksteenskuil according to water consumption predicted by the VINET 1.1 computer programme. Water consumption of representative vineyards is also monitored to verify the accuracy of the predictions. Fieldwork was continued with the co-operation of the Northern Cape Department of Agriculture and the farmers. After two seasons continuous monitoring of soil water content by means of tensiometers showed that prediction of water consumption using the VINET programme is reliable for irrigation scheduling of the flood irrigated vineyards. The programme had to be adapted to accommodate the effect of rain and untimely irrigation. At this stage, i.e. after two seasons, irrigation schedules have been calculated for thirty vineyards. During the next report year the project focus will be shifted to marketing the irrigation scheduling service among growers at Eksteenskuil. It is recommended that the project should continue unchanged for three seasons to establish the central scheduling service and to train producers in the application thereof.

Presentation(s)
Myburgh, P A. 2001. ‘n Inligtingsdag om die werking van die skeduleringsdiens bekend te stel,9 October, Eksteenskuil.

Myburgh, P A. 2002. ‘n Terugvoervergadering is op 8 Augustus op Eksteenskuil gehou om besproeiingskedulering met boere te bespreek.

Myburgh, P A. 2002. ‘n Lesing om die werking van die skeduleringsdiens bekend te stel, is tydens ‘n inligtingsdag op 10 September by Eksteenskuil aangebied.

Myburgh, P A. 2002. ‘n Terugvoervergadering is op 19 Desember op Eksteenskuil gehou om besproeiingskedulering met boere te bespreek.

FinalReport.pdf

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