Learn about the design, installation, maintenance, operation and evaluation of simple irrigation systems

Water is a precious and often scarce resource. Using it effectively can make all the difference to whether a crop is profitable or not. This ten lesson course develops an understanding of how plants use water and how to deliver it more effectively to the plant. 

This course is similar to BHT210 and BGA213, but focuses on irrigation systems for row crops (eg. vegetables & cut flowers) and orchards.

Learn to manage the Irrigation of Horticultural Crops

  • Work in the horticulture industry
  • Work in the Irrigation industry
  • Improve farm management
  • Expand your horticultural skills

Course Structure and Contents

There are ten lessons as follows:

1. Introduction
2. Soil Characteristics And Problems
3. Estimating Plant And Soil Requirements
4. Drainage - drainage systems, dams, etc.
5. Types Of Irrigation Systems
6. Hydraulics - discharge and flow rates, etc
7. Pumps And Filters
8. Selecting The Right System For The Plant
9. Trickle Irrigation
10. Design And Operation Of Systems


Course Duration: 100 hours



  • Identify and consult appropriate sources of information for the irrigation industry.
  • Explain the significance of soil characteristics to irrigation.
  • Determine when to irrigate in a small scale situation.
  • Explain the drainage aspect of handling water.
  • Explain the operation and selection of irrigation systems.
  • Explain the operation and selection of trickle irrigation systems.
  • Determine specifications for the design of an irrigation system.
  • Explain the pumps and filters needed for handling water adequately for crops.
  • Supervise the installation of an irrigation system.
  • Design and operate an irrigation system for crops.



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