Drip Irrigation in Agriculture

Plant growth through efficient watering 

Drip Irrigation

Drip irrigation is one of the most efficient methods in agricultural watering technology. This is because near-root, precisely targeted irrigation with minimal evaporation delivers water to the desired point, which enhances the healthy growth of plants and increases crop yields with less water consumption.

Clean and aseptic drip irrigation components

The demand-driven drip irrigation provides consistent soil moisture and is suitable for orchards with trees and shrubs, field crops and vegetables, but also for protected crops in greenhouses. Fertilizers and nutrients can be added to the irrigation system as well. The irrigation water also serves as a carrier for the application of plant protection and pesticide products.

Over time, however, contamination and algae settle in the drip irrigation components, favoring the colonization of pathogens. Microorganisms in biofilms, which form primarily in water systems, are largely responsible for contaminating water and plants. Peroxides can be used both preventively and when deposits have already formed in the drip tubing. 

Peracetic acid is suitable to kill harmful organisms such as soft rot (Erwinia Carotovora) and brown rot (Ralstonia Solanacearum).

Peracetic acid is used for pulse cleaning of drip lines, disinfection of tools, desks and containers. After disinfection, peracetic acid decomposes into the biodegradable residues water, oxygen and acetic acid.

Hydrogen peroxide cleans the water and keeps hoses, water pipes and drippers clean and free of blockages, thus extending the service life of the irrigation system. Especially in the non-soil-based cultivation methods, the supply of oxygen to the root cells in the plants plays an important role. This is because roots influence the plant's metabolism and thus healthy growth. Hydrogen peroxide contributes to root care by supplying the root with oxygen produced by its decomposition.

The dosage of peracetic acid and hydrogen peroxide depends on the specific requirements of each application. We recommend adjusting the concentration based on appropriate microbiological tests before adding them to irrigation systems to avoid damaging plant roots.

Our Products

Product

Effect

Regulatory

Substance

OXYPURE®

Reduces organic formation on open land areas and greenhouses in absence of plants

Biocide

Hydrogen peroxide

PERACLEAN®

Preservation of the water quality

Active substance

Peracetic acid

PERSYNT®

Disinfection of water for agricultural fields and greenhouses in presence of plants 

Active substance

Hydrogen peroxide

VIGOROX®

Acts against organic compounds in open land and in greenhouses without planting

Biocide

Peracetic acid

Peracetic acid and hydrogen peroxide provide clean irrigation lines, surfaces, and equipment in greenhouses. H2O2 also infuses plant roots with oxygen, contributing to healthy plant growth.
Peracetic acid and hydrogen peroxide provide clean irrigation lines, surfaces, and equipment in greenhouses. H2O2 also infuses plant roots with oxygen, contributing to healthy plant growth.

Sustainability aspects of drip irrigation

Facing a growing world population, decreasing water resources and more years with heat waves and related crop failures, the reduction of water consumption and innovative cultivation methods adapted to climate change are becoming more and more important in agriculture and horticulture. 

Drip irrigation systems combined with aquaculture enable high water use efficiency and nutrient supply, which have a positive impact on plant growth. Our peracetic acid and hydrogen peroxides serve as oxidizers and disinfectants that contribute to plant health and a long useful life of irrigation systems.

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Sustainable greenhouse cultivation methods

Many vegetable and fruit species are often grown in greenhouses because they receive more humidity and heat than in field crops. Essentially, soil-based, the aeroponic, aquaponic, and hydroponic growing methods are used in greenhouses. The soil-based cultivation method is most similar to plant cultivation in the open field.

In the hydroponic system, plants are grown in mineral nutrient solutions without the use of soil. In the aeroponic method, the root system develops freely, with exposed roots taking up nutrients through spraying and water misting. Aquaponic systems allow resource-efficient production of vegetables in combination with aquaculture. Fish excretions provide nutrients to the plants.

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