Mobile Drip Irrigation: An Introduction For Curious Landowners

Posted on: 5 November 2018

In areas that do not sustain enough rainfall, it can be really hard to keep all of your property hydrated and healthy. Therefore, it can be difficult to grow crops or even use your land in the way that you prefer to use it. Irrigation systems have been used for centuries to help landowners introduce water supplies to dry land areas, but modern systems are far more efficient. The mobile drip irrigation system is the perfect example of a type of irrigation system that is more efficient. Here's a look at a few things you probably want to know about these systems.

What exactly is a mobile irrigation system?

A mobile irrigation system is a series of drip lines that are positioned on the ground instead of over the soil. The lines are connected to a water source that pushes the water through the lines and allows the water to drip out in a slow and evenly distributed fashion. Because the lines are on the ground instead of over it, there are fewer issues with water lost in the atmosphere, and more of the dripped water actually goes to the soil. 

What are the advantages of a mobile drip irrigation system?

Mobile drip irrigation systems pose several advantages for the landowner who installs the system. The primary advantage is the efficiency of the system compared to other types of irrigation, such as a center pivot setup. You get a lower cost per acre you irrigate, which means the system works excellently for landowners who use their land for crops and need to keep costs as low as possible. The slow and steady drip function of the mobile drip is also more healthy for crops because the distribution of the water is more even and slow. Therefore, you will end up with ground that is evenly saturated. 

Are mobile drip systems hard to install?

According to ImproveNet, a drip irrigation system will typically cost you between $410 and $930 for installation and material costs. However, the costs of the system will be more if you have a lot more land to cover or if the starting point of the system is further away from the area that is planned to be irrigated. If your water pressure is low, you may also have to invest in a pump to push the water to the irrigation site, but a small pump will usually suffice. 

Contact a local irrigation installation company to learn more about the benefits of mobile drip irrigation for your land.