Automation of Surface Irrigation Systems

by Howard R. Haise,
Gordon E. Kruse,

Serial Information: Journal of the Irrigation and Drainage Division, 1969, Vol. 95, Issue 4, Pg. 503-516

Document Type: Journal Paper


Two systems for automating surface irrigation are described. One uses pneumatic valves remotely controlled by tone telemetry to open and close turnouts at timed intervals. The other uses waterpowered cylinders activated by float valves to operate center pivot gates. Large fluidic diverters have also been evaluated for irrigation applications. The automation components can be adapted to furrow, border dike, and basin irrigated fields supplied by open ditches or buried pipelines. Several field systems have been installed and evaluated.

Subject Headings: Irrigation systems | Surface irrigation | Automation | Valves | Buried pipes | Pneumatic systems | Cylinders

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