Forum/ Blog Introduction
The mission of this forum is to accumulate knowledge for developing best practices to move water underground, use as little as possible while maintaining a healthy prosperous vineyard. The Innergation Drip Tube Hanger allows water delivery to be directed and held to a specific spot along the drip tube and also above a hillside vineyard which is an important aspect of water management. The next important step is to get the water underground via a depression reducing hillside runoff and decrease surface wetting which leads to increased evaporation and develops shallow roots. If each vine receives the same amount of water directed subsurface and proper amendments the vineyard is more likely to produce quality consistent fruit preferred by wine makers.
This forum is seeking input from those of you who have made your own attempts to accomplish water savings. With advice from vineyard managers, growers, viticulturists, educators and others in industry who offer equipment that might provide an efficient method of making depressions billions of gallons of water could be saved.
Various topics will be presented to stimulate discussion. I Rick Adams will focus on mechanical approaches for moving water quickly underground. Kim Adams will present topics related to soil science, vine nutrition and facilitating root uptake.
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In our quest to come up with the most efficient drip system for vineyards, our INNERGATION DRIP TUBE HANGER solves a large part of the problem: placing the drip in the correct position and keeping it there. The next equally important part is getting the water...read more
Evaporation reduction potential in an undisturbed soil irrigated with surface drip and sand tube irrigation This study tests if filling a 4" dia. x 6" cylindrical hole under an emitter with course sand to direct water underground will reduce surface evaporation: study...read more
This is a more in depth article I have been working on for years and includes many cited research articles.read more
What to fill the depression with? Depending on the soil type and pH., different amendments could be used to aid in healthy soil microbial populations, vine health and water retention capabilities. Compost would be the likely first choice due to affordability and...read more
As part of my vineyard was planted with high pressure water; I have tried this method also for making depressions. One advantage is that you are not restricted to a round hole and there is no danger of glazing. A deep hole is more difficult to make. I have tried...read more
A depression can be made with a shovel. The diameter and depth of a shovel would equal about 2 ½ Gallon. Soil composition and wetness will determine how efficient this is? Those with experience planting vines in volume could add much to this discussion.read more
A tractor side mounted auger would remove the human element and be much faster. I did purchase a side mounted and it worked fairly well; unfortunately I did not get a heavy duty unit and it broke beyond repair. Hopefully with the input from those of you with...read more
More recent attempts have focused on making a depression about 9” deep and about 9” wide. Those numbers were chosen as this would hold about 2 ½ gallons of water; enough for about 4 hours of irrigation with ½ gal emitter. Filling the depression largely with compost...read more
One Man Auger My 1st attempt to get water deeper in the ground was to drill a hole with a one man gas auger and install perforated pipe. Soil characteristics determine the effectiveness of this method. In rocky soil there is increased danger of the auger catching on a...read more