System Scheduling for Large Farming Operations

by Gerald W. Buchleiter, USDA, Fort Collins, CO, USA,
Dale F. Heermann, USDA, Fort Collins, CO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Planning, Operation, Rehabilitation and Automation of Irrigation Water Delivery Systems


Irrigation scheduling uses evapotranspiration data to recommend the time and amount of the next irrigation on a field by field basis. System scheduling minimizes the cost of water deliveries in large distribution systems by combining the irrigation schedules with the physical constraints of the delivery system and possibly financial incentives from limiting electrical demand for irrigation pumping. Examples of system scheduling for different types of irrigation systems are presented.

Subject Headings: Electrical systems | Scheduling | Agriculture | Water resources | Water supply systems | Soil analysis | Soil water | Irrigation systems

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