BS in BioResource and Agricultural Engineering
BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department
The owners of Scheuber Farms, a 1,000 acre row crop farming operation located in Patterson, California, wish to convert a 15-acre field into an almond orchard. For irrigating the trees, they would like to use a microsprayer irrigation system. The design I recommend and describe in this paper utilizes proper hydraulic analysis, and is based on the ability to supply enough water to match the amount of water required by the orchard during the peak month of an average year.
All of the major components and parameters of the microsprayer irrigation system were designed at minimal cost while ensuring that they worked efficiently and properly. These components and parameters included the emitters and hoses, the manifold pipe size, the pressure regulator’s settings, the sub-main and mainline sizing, the filter type and sizing, and the pump sizing.
The goal of the project was to maximize the efficiency of the system while minimizing the cost. The final estimated cost was approximately $1,900 per acre.