Knowing the pH and Electrical Conductivity or EC of your irrigation and drainage water can help you to grow better and more consistent crops. Testing procedures aren’t difficult and can be done at minimal cost. This video shows a process for carrying out a practical on-site pH and electrical conductivity test on water.
How efficient is your business water management? A detailed water audit should include a full evaluation of your current irrigation system and irrigation management practices.
Good irrigation water quality is a keystone to producing quality nursery stock, and most water supplies require some form of treatment to make them suitable for nursery use. Water can be treated for four types of contaminates – particulate matter, pH, salts and pathogens. The following article discusses how to test for the effectiveness of…
Irrigation water quality is a critical factor for nursery container production. There are many factors which determine the quality of irrigation water, some of which include alkalinity, pH and the level of soluble salts. This fact sheet includes a discussion on the importance of water testing.
NIASA, the Nursery Industry Accreditation Scheme Australia advocates a ‘free chlorine’ residual reading of 2ppm or 2mg/litre following at contact period of 20 minutes for the successful treatment of irrigation water.
Onsite testing provides an easy way of determining water quality, so that timely corrections can be made. A keystone to achieving this is the suitability of the testing equipment used.
Monitoring and managing recycled water quality in nurseries
pH and electrical conductivity (EC) meters are essential pieces of equipment for onsite testing of water and growing media. Onsite testing allows immediate decisions to be made on the nutritional status of crops, as well as being able to monitor changes in water quality.
This fact sheet from the Department of Natural Resources discusses the formation of scale inside pipelines, as well other information including testing for scale material, water analysis, treatment methods, hardness reduction, reducing pH, and treating pipelines.