High Yield and High Quality Corn in Chihuahua
Growers are saving money with Rivulis subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) systems
Despite the uncertainty lingering in the environment, corn growers from Chihuahua have been able to save water and obtain higher yields and high quality corn thanks to subsurface drip irrigation’s (SDI) innovative technologies. The implementation of Rivulis irrigation systems have enabled Chihuahua’s corn growers to save up to 50% water and increase their yields by 33%, at the same time. After replacing their furrow irrigation system, Jacobo Enns from “Agrícola Granos de Valle” says that he is very happy with the savings that Rivulis system has helped them achieve.
Considering that saving water will be a crucial goal in the future, Enns and his team agreed to evolve from their corner pivot irrigation system to a more accurate system like the subsurface drip irrigation system (SDI). The team liked the new SDI system from the beginning, because the advantages became pretty obvious in very short time. Rivulis subsurface drip irrigation technology allows growers to have better control over irrigation with higher accuracy, in such a way that they use only the necessary water and obtain higher yields and high quality products. Furthermore, Rivulis technical team provides the best advice and is always present at each stage of the new system’s installation, making sure that the transition stage runs smoothly. Enns and his team thanked Rivulis for their support, highlighting the fact that they haven’t had any trouble with the new system.
The advantages and savings after installing Rivulis SDI system became evident at each link of the production chain. By avoiding over irrigation, weed production has been reduced, as well as the need for intensive use of herbicides. “Agrícola Granos de Valle” has obtained yields between 15-16 t/ha, which are great results that seem even more impressive when they add up the additional savings in water, light and labor costs of 50%.
Regarding their great progress in minimizing pest problems while preserving resources, Enns says that his success is mostly due to the irrigation system that has allowed him to grow more with less. He wants to continue growing crops with this technology and invest more to obtain higher yields in a sustainable way: “There will be a water shortage in the future, and all of us should be concerned. We need switch to subsurface drip irrigation. I don’t want to have any hectare under furrow irrigation in 5 years from now”.
Enns strongly recommends switching to subsurface drip irrigation, and he has resolved to not revert back to his old furrow irrigation system.
In a world where the only certainty is the finite quantity of environmental resources like water, switching to high-tech Rivulis irrigation systems will be the best and most efficient way to face future challenges.
Higher Productivity with Lower Costs
Would you like to increase your crop yields without paying higher costs? It can get even better! You can save up to 50% in inputs, while increasing your yields substantially. Drip irrigation will allow you to obtain those results.
“Agrícola Granos del Valle,” a family business that grows corn, cotton, wheat, sorghum and pecan trees in 1,000 hectares at Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, Mexico increased their yields of white and yellow corn from twelve to 15-16 tons/ha. “Agrícola Granos del Valle” grow conventional corn for domestic and export markets. They don’t grow GMO or transgenic corn.
Their corn fields have subsurface drip irrigation systems (SDI). Unlike pivot irrigation, drip irrigation allows growers to maximize their production without having to sacrifice space to make room for the irrigation system.
Jacobo Enns Newfel, “Agrícola Granos del Valle” owner explains: “Irrigating the corners by furrow irrigation is quite complicated when the furrows are too short. We currently use subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) lines in the corners and we have planted pecan trees in those corners without the SDI system. The system is quite an advantage and we began installing SDI lines at the corners, because they encompass 10, 14 hectares. Installing pivots three times in 14 or 50 hectares of land just to leave the land at fallow is extremely expensive; so, that was the main advantage of the system at the beginning; we started by installing the SDI lines at the corners”
In addition to having more cropping surface area, precision drip irrigation allows growers to lower the rates of agricultural inputs, including fertilizers and herbicides. The fertigation rates are delivered with high accuracy and according to each crop requirements, avoiding the excess of inputs and improving weed control.
“We haven’t had any trouble with Rivulis filters; the filters work very well. The weeds almost disappeared and we have saved on herbicide applications. In addition, we have saved 50% water and 50% power, with 20% higher yields”, said Jacobo. “Better quality crops have higher yields”.
Enns explains that water savings have been translated into labor savings, since he doesn’t have to pay anymore for the right management of the old gated pipeline system: “Labor savings are huge; just imagine all the work is needed to manage all those pipelines and gates. Instead, with drip irrigation you save lots of work and only need to open and close the water faucets”.
Jacobo adds that the irrigation gates did not work efficiently during heavy rainfall events and the water-logged fields experienced pest and disease problems.
“We have more control now”, says his son, Roni Enns, the farm manager. Roni explains that even though they had to adapt themselves to a learning curve, the implementation of the drip irrigation system was worthwhile. “Furrow irrigation using gates requires harder work and much more water. I recommend SDI because it’s an upgraded high-tech irrigation system. The first year helped us to learn about the system, and we don’t want to go back to what he had in the past.” La Agrícola company believes that the system will be paid back in only five years.
“We need to switch completely to subsurface drip irrigation urgently,” says Jacobo Enns. “I’m planning to have zero hectares under furrow irrigation in 5 years from now. I want to switch the whole system to SDI; we won’t install any other pivot. Drip irrigation is very simple and we are saving lots of water.”
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