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Improve efficiency and accuracy in indoor irrigation systems

In indoor crop production systems, water is vital for crop growth, handy for delivering nutrients and other inputs…and a major cost. As a result, managing every drop of water—and every ounce it carries, whether it’s a biodynamic compost tea or a conventional crop protection product—is critical to maintaining a healthy bottom line.

As closed-system farms become ever more precise, their owners are assessing their choices with an eye toward maximizing precision and efficiency. That has led many to struggle to choose between water-run pumps and venturi injectors for dosing and mixing inputs into their water.

Comparing Technologies
Both water-run pumps and venturi injectors operate on long-established technologies. Water-run pumps use pressure from irrigation flow to lift an injector piston, drawing in a known dose of fertilizer or chemical before it is forced back down by a spring and delivers the dose into a sealed chamber. Injection rates are calculated as a ratio to the flow of irrigation water through the main line.

Venturi injectors use line pressure to constrict flowing water in a conical inlet chamber, then release it into a cone-shaped outlet port. As the flow expands in the outlet port, it creates a vacuum that draws in nutrients, chemicals or air and mixes it thoroughly. Injection in venturi systems is measured in percentages, parts per million, or gallons per acre.

Read the complete article at www.urbanagnews.com.


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