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Irrigation System

The type of irrigation system plays a key role in determining how frequently water is applied. Microirrigation systems are high frequency irrigation systems with irrigations often occurring daily for drip systems operating during peak water demand periods. Microsprinkler systems are often operated every 3 to 4 days at peak ET periods. Sprinkler irrigation systems are operated less frequently than microirrigation systems, with irrigation events being 7 to 10 days or more apart. Flood irrigation events are usually the least frequent. The time between irrigations is often 2 weeks or more.

Irrigation System Irrigation Frequency During Peak
Water Demand Periods
Drip Irrigation Daily
Microsprinklers Approx. every 3-4 days
Sprinklers 10-14 days
Furrow 14+ days
Border check 14+ days