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Irrigation Farming can save crops from drought.

Application of stored water, containing fertilizer

Irrigation farming is the addition of water to seedbeds, standing crops or pasture to supplement rainfall. It may be flooded on to the land from an irrigation furrow through siphon tubes; applied through a system of low volume drip-feed tubes; a variety of sprinkling or spraying devices; or a simple hand held watering can.
There are very few farm or domestic plants that will not benefit from irrigation during times of drought. Irrigation will also prevent damage from frost when applied in sub-zero temperatures and can be used to add fertilizers, herbicides and fungicides in solution
Sources of irrigation include dams and weirs, natural lakes and rivers, wells and bore holes. The water is usually lifted up to a storage tank by a pump or windmill to provide pressure for the irrigation equipment.
The amount of water added should be assessed with care. Excessive quantities of irrigation water may leach away nutrients down past the level of the crop's roots. Too little may cause salination of the top soil. Where delicate seedbeds are irrigated, the seeds should first be covered with jute sacking or some other porous covering to prevent erosion and exposure of the seed.
Timing is also important. Watering a young crop just before a thunderstorm may damage young plants. On the other hand, irrigation after a crop has wilted may save the plants from dying but not from permanent damage.







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