Irrigation For Strawberry Farms
DIY Strawberry Irrigation Systems
Small to medium sized Strawberry farms have become popular in Canada due to the increase in tendancies to buy local, the health benefits associated with eating Strawberries, and the relatively start up costs associated with starting a growing operation. Strawberries are commonly grown in Canadian climates and can thrive when proper irrigation is installed.
We will now look at some common techniques for watering Strawberry farms using drip irrigation.
Types of Irrigation for Strawberries
Drip Emitter Tubing (Drip Line) vs Self Piercing Emitters vs. Drip Tape: When planning your Strawberry farm, you will likely be faced with the decision to use Drip Tape vs Drip Emitter Tubing. While both are generally effective, there are advantages and disadvantages of both application methods. We recommend you evaluate both your short and long term goals for growing Strawberries
Drip Emitter Tubing: Drip Emitter Tubing is a popular method for irrigating Strawberry patches. The tubing comes in a variety of diameters and is easy to install. The tubing has pressure compensated emitters welded into the interior at pre-defined spacing.
Self Piercing Emitters: Self Piercing Emitters are inserted directly into solid drip tubing wherever they are required which can be useful for pre-planted strawberry fields.
Drip Tape Irrigaiton: Drip Tape is popular due to it's slightly lower cost than drip emitter tutinb and the use of self piercing emitters. However for a long term solution it can prove to be equal in cost as most tapes will last 1-3 years in the field.
For Strawberry Farms it is really a matter of preference and budget as all either method will provide good results. We will now explore these methods in greater detail.