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There are already a large number of SMART irrigators in New Zealand, who are irrigating responsibly and sustainably while maintaining the profitability of their businesses.

Irrigation New Zealand’s goal is to grow the number of SMART irrigators to 90% of all irrigators by 2025. To successfully achieve this will require the irrigation service industries, irrigators, and irrigation schemes to come aboard. The SMART Irrigation aims are set high, and require support from government and communities if they are to be apart of our archives.

Who’s doing it well? Find out more about SMART Irrigators in your region. Let SMART Irrigation help. Contact info@smartirriagtion.co.nz to learn more about SMART Irrigation.

Te Hapua Orchard (a Heinz Watties grower) is a SMART Irrigator

Why?

  • Used as a trial site by Heinz Watties for…..read more

Rakaia Inc. is a SMART Irrigator

Why?

  • Use Aquaflex soil moisture monitoring to inform irrigation decisions
  • Calibrating their system to better…..read more

Blyth Orchard (part of the Mr Apple company) is a SMART Irrigator

Why?

  • Use drip-micro irrigation under their trees
  • Only apply…..read more

Ross Mutton is a SMART Irrigator

Why?

  • Installed a larger pump and increased water pressure to improve sprinkler performance
  • Moved to…..read more

Corrigan Sowman is a SMART Irrigator

Why?

  • Was an early adopter of technology including telemetry to better control pumping
  • Improved K-Line…..read more

Alastair Studholme is a SMART Irrigator

Why?

  • He allocates water smartly depending on the type of crop and the prior weather…..read more

Water Supply Products provide SMART Irrigation technology and advice:

  • They offer a wide range of options that maintain good wetted footprint and…..read more

Hew Dalrymple is a SMART Irrigator

Why?

  • Hew’s use of variable rate irrigation allows modification of individual sprinklers on centre pivot…..read more

Mark Guscott is a SMART Irrigator

Why?

  • Investing in a reliable irrigation system has allowed Mark to diversify their income to…..read more

RX Plastics are an example of SMART water use

Why?

  • The G-Set is a technologically advanced Kiwi-designed and made sprinkler which…..read more

South Pacific Seeds are SMART Irrigators

Why?

  • The use of drip irrigation suit the varieties of vegetables they grow
  • Drip irrigation is also…..read more

Purata Farming are SMART Irrigators

Why?

  • A key focus is making sure that they are only irrigating on productive areas
  • Knowing how much…..read more

Stuart Neil is a SMART Irrigator

Why?

  • Transitioned away from border dyke irrigation to more efficient spray systems
  • Measures soil moisture levels…..read more

John Wright is a SMART Irrigator.

Why?

  • Keeps his irrigation infrastructure well maintained to ensure reliability
  • Modernised early on with a move…..read more

Rangitata Diversion Race Management Ltd (RDRML) is a SMART Irrigation scheme.

Why?

  • Supplies water for diverse user groups in its…..read more

Central Plains Water Limited (CPWL) is a SMART Irrigation scheme. 

Why?

  • Over time Central Plains Water Limited (CPWL) will shift farmers…..read more

Chris Howell from Hawke’s Bay is a SMART Irrigator.

Why? 

  • Uses monitoring technology to ensure they use no more water than…..read more

Julie Ross from North Otago is a SMART Irrigator.

Why?

  • With husband Matt, filters farm run-off through a restored wetland…..read more

North Otago Irrigation Company (NOIC) is a SMART irrigation scheme. 

Why?

First irrigation company to:

  • Introduce the Audited Farm Environment Plan…..read more

Mark Ericksen is a SMART Irrigator.

Why?

Mark Slee from Mid-Canterbury is a SMART Irrigator.

Why?

  • Introduced highly efficient GPS…..read more

Richard Dakins from Central Hawkes from is a SMART Irrigator.

Why?

Matt and Jarrod Ross from the Waitaki…..read more

Roz McKenzie from Mid Canterbury is a SMART Irrigator.

Why?

Valetta Irrigation Scheme is a SMART irrigation scheme. 

Why?

  • Made significant (over 40%) water savings by moving to an underground piped network from a previously open channel…..read more

Opuha Water Ltd is a SMART irrigation scheme. 

Why?

  • Built a man-made lake that provides not only water storage for local farmers…..read more