Furrow irrigation

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Also known as flood or surface irrigation, this is one of the oldest and most used irrigation methods. Farmers create small parallel channels (trenches or furrows) in a crop field between ridges where the crops are grown. Then, the field is partly flooded with water. Some parts of the plant may not be in contact with water. Learn more about furrow irrigation.

Top view and cross-section of furrows and ridges, originally from FAO corporate document repository.


James Peth

James Peth

James Peth, MS, MPH, PhD is an Assistant Prof. in Food Science and Human Nutrition at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.