OALP Members Experience First Hand View of Cutting Edge Drip Irrigation Technology as Israel Travel EndsWed, 22 Feb 2023 10:51:48 CST
On Tuesday afternoon, Class XX of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program continued their international experience in Israel and visited Netafim. Netafim is the global leader in smart irrigation solutions for a sustainable future. They pioneered the drip irrigation revolution, creating low-flow agricultural irrigation. Drip irrigation is twice as efficient as flood irrigation. They have 1,000 employees in Israel and 4,000 in 18 locations across the world. They utilize state-of-the-art drippers to advanced automated systems for agriculture, greenhouses, and landscaping. You cannot buy their systems - you pay for their service. They provide recommendations for 90 crops and the thicker dripper systems can last 20 years - spacing of drippers is between 4-39 inches. The spacing is determined by the soil type, crop, and specific amount of water needed for that crop. They have surface and sub-surface installations. A Smartphone app can monitor for leaks through flow and moisture meters, and send an alert.
During the visit, Oklahoma Farm Report's Ron Hays had the opportunity to talk to Dubi Raz, Vice President for Agronomy for Netafim. They discussed the importance of drip irrigation technology and how that has changed the game in countries like Israel. They also talked about how Israel has been able to stretch their water supplies to support huge ag production by being the number one waterwater recyling country in the world.
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