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Irrigation (Crops)

Course CodeBHT304
Fee CodeS2
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

A FOUNDATION COURSE IN  IRRIGATION

In this individual module course, you develop an understanding of how plants use water and how to deliver that water more effectively to plants.  

Learn to DESIGN, INSTALL, MAINTAIN, OPERATE AND EVALUATE simple irrigation systems.

Study in your own home and at your own pace with support from our highly experienced and qualified irrigation tutors.

Water is a precious and often scarce resource. Using it effectively can make all the difference to whether a crop is profitable or not. This ten lesson course develops an understanding of how plants use water and how to deliver it more effectively to the plant.  

Lesson Structure

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction
  2. Soil Characteristics And Problems
  3. Estimating Plant And Soil Requirements
  4. Drainage - drainage systems, dams, etc.
  5. Types Of Irrigation Systems
  6. Hydraulics - discharge and flow rates, etc
  7. Pumps And Filters
  8. Selecting The Right System For The Plant
  9. Trickle Irrigation
  10. Design And Operation Of Systems

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Aims

  • Identify and consult appropriate sources of information for the irrigation industry.
  • Explain the significance of soil characteristics to irrigation.
  • Determine when to irrigate in a small scale situation.
  • Explain the drainage aspect of handling water.
  • Explain the operation and selection of irrigation systems.
  • Explain the operation and selection of trickle irrigation systems.
  • Determine specifications for the design of an irrigation system.
  • Explain the pumps and filters needed for handling water adequately for crops.
  • Supervise the installation of an irrigation system.
  • Design and operate an irrigation system for crops.

“Whilst sharing similarities with other irrigation courses, this highly functional and practical course also has a specific focus on the irrigation of crops. It will be of interest to anyone who grows, or who wishes to grow, crops whether on a large or small scale. All aspects of irrigation from system types and design to pumps and filters are discussed, in light of soil characteristics, drainage, and plant requirements.”  - Gavin Cole B.Sc., Psych.Cert., Cert.Garden Design, MACA, ACS Tutor.

 

Learn about all the Components of a Watering System

Typical Components of an irrigation system

  • Main pipes
  • Drippers or drip line
  • Timer
  • Water meter to assess and monitor the volume of water applied at irrigation
  • A pressure gauge to monitor and ensure even application of water
  • Moisture sensor
  • A pump
  • A storage system (tank) is usually included in larger projects to harvest and store water but could also be used in home applications. An inbuilt water supply is a sustainable way to irrigate green walls.

Moisture Sensors 

Moisture sensors are important in green walls - especially large ones because of the small amount of plant available water that can be stored in the media used in vertical growing system. There are also extremes in environmental conditions that may occur in outside green walls; moisture loss from transpiration and evaporation is greater.  Small domestic vertical gardens are usually be monitored without too much automation. 

Why are moisture sensors important?

  • To monitor plant available water; the right media moisture encourages plant health
  • To promote water conservation
  • To prevent costly plant replacement through lack of water
  • Ease of use: sensors can be programmed to trigger irrigation several times a day if needed; irrigation can be timed to be short but often. Some sensors will also trigger the system to override a scheduled irrigation should the moisture levels be adequate at that point of time. 

 

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Rosemary Davies Leading horticultural expert in Australia. Rosemary trained in Horticultural Applied Science at Melbourne University. Initially she worked with Agriculture Victoria as an extension officer, taught horticulture students, worked on radio with ABC radio (clocking up over 24 years as a presenter of garden talkback programs, initially the only woman presenter on gardening in Victoria) and she simultaneously developed a career as a writer. She then studied Education and Training, teaching TAFE apprentices and developing curriculum for TAFE, before taking up an offer as a full time columnist with the Herald and Weekly Times and its magazine department after a number of years as columnist with the Age. She has worked for a number of companies in writing and publications, PR community education and management and has led several tours to Europe. In 1999 Rosemary was BPW Bendigo Business Woman of the Year and is one of the founders and the Patron, of the Friends of the Bendigo Botanic gardens. She has completed her 6th book this year and is working on concepts for several others. Rosemary has a B Ed, BSc Hort, Dip Advertising & Marketing
Maggi BrownMaggi is regarded as an expert in organic growing throughout the UK, having worked for two decades as Education Officer at the world renowned Henry Doubleday Research Association. She has been active in education, environmental management and horticulture across the UK for more than three decades. Some of Maggi's qualifications include RHS Cert. Hort. Cert. Ed. Member RHS Life Member Garden Organic (HDRA) .
Yvonne SharpeRHS Cert.Hort, Dip.Hort, M.Hort, Cert.Ed., Dip.Mgt. Over 30 years experience in business, education, management and horticulture. Former department head at a UK government vocational college. Yvonne has traveled widely within and beyond Europe, and has worked in many areas of horticulture from garden centres to horticultural therapy. She has served on industry committees and been actively involved with amateur garden clubs for decades.
Gavin ColeB.Sc., Cert.Garden Design. Landscape Designer, Operations Manager, Consultant, Garden Writer. He was operations manager for a highly reputable British Landscape firm (The Chelsea Gardener) before starting up his own landscaping firm. He spent three years working in our Gold Coast office, as a tutor and writer for Your Backyard (gardening magazine) which we produced monthly for a Sydney punlisher between 1999 and 2003. Since then, Gavin has contributed regularly to many magazines, co authored several gardening books and is currently one of the "garden experts" writing regularly for the "green living" magazine "Home Grown".


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