A critical part of growing vegetables is determining the right amount of water to give them. If you irrigate properly, you can minimize water runoff, decrease the amount of labor needed, and produce a more bountiful, high-quality crop. Reducing runoff will also help cut down on soil erosion and fertilizer needs.
To water vegetables efficiently, you need to calculate:
- The amount of water that your plants need (irrigation requirement) under the current weather conditions of the growing season
- The amount of time to run your irrigation system to apply the water needed
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