Control apple size and yield with precision irrigation

Growing apples is all about controlling as many variables as possible to achieve uniform size and color as well as a longer shelf life. With precision irrigation, you can control both irrigation and nutrition needs.


Why choose drip irrigation for apples?


  • A perfect fit
    Modern apple cultivation favors high tree population and dense planting. Drip irrigation distributes water locally along narrow crop rows while keeping the surface between each row dry. Drip lines can be easily suspended on the trellising wire where it is kept from any machinery or animal related damage.
  • Ensure consistent production year over year
    Next year's crop depends on how you treat your orchard right now. Precision irrigation and fertigation guarantees healthy trees and spurs today, to boost production capacity tomorrow.
  • Reduce labor costs
    Do it once. Do it right. Harvest the entire orchard simultaneously since precision irrigation fosters uniform flowers and fruit development.
  • Size does matter
    Larger apples command higher prices. By irrigating and fertigating throughout the growing period, you can be sure that your apples will have exactly what they need to reach their optimal size.


  • Smaller root zones favor drip
    In modern orchards, dwarfing rootstock is commonly used to create compact trees. Although these trees deliver high yields and are easier to pick, their root zones are limited. Drip irrigation delivers water precisely, ensuring that no resources are wasted.
  • Stress-free fruit
    Water stress not only causes trees to drop fruit; it can also cause physiological disease which, in turn, reduces apple resiliency during cold storage. Don't sacrifice a portion of your yield.
  • Decrease humidity and prevent disease
    High humidity in your apple orchard is a one-way ticket to fungal diseases like scab and mildew. Drip irrigation avoids extra moisture, ultimately reducing spraying requirements.

Things we often get asked:

  • Can my apples be irrigated remotely?

    Yes. Precision irrigation is easily combined with remote control and automation to make your irrigation more efficient, giving you immediate access from your cell phone, tablet or computer. Read more about digital farming.

  • Why should I use drip irrigation over other irrigation methods?

    With drip irrigation, you control uniform distribution of water and fertilizers, eliminating wind effects and evaporation from the soil surface. While micro-sprinklers are a common and possible option, they require more maintenance and are less water efficient.

  • Can I use fertilizers in my drip system?

    Yes! Not only can you use them, you can have full control over how much fertilizer you use. Through different trials and best practices from around the world, we have learned that throughout the growing period, fertilizing in small doses keeps the nutritional elements continuously available near the plant root zone. This is more effective than fertilizing in large doses during the plant growth period.

  • How can I minimize frost related risks?

    Frost damages both flowers and fruit, which can lead to a total yield loss. To mitigate risk, take advantage of our full frost mitigation solutions. Choose from classical total area coverage with MegaNet? or a localized solution with the Pulsar?-GyroNet?. 


  • Comparing apples to apples: How much yield can I expect using drip irrigation?

    Drip irrigation combined with fertigation produces yields of 40 to 90 tons/ha. There are even documented cases in South Africa, Italy and Israel which produced 120 tons/ha using drip irrigation.

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