Code of Practice
The New Zealand Code of Practice for Irrigation Evaluation sets out procedures for in-field assessment of spray irrigation performance. Evaluating against the Irrigation New Zealand Irrigation Performance Indicators, the Code describes separate methods for common irrigation system types. The basis of any evaluation is in-field measurement of system flow rates and pressures, machine speeds, energy use and many 'catch can' readings of applied depth.
It is necessary to have specific evaluation protocols, because the different system types function and are managed differently. However, the Irrigation Performance Indicators are common to all systems, so results from evaluations are easily compared.
A separate protocol describes processes for determining seasonal irrigation efficiency. Calculation inputs include seasonal weather records, crop type, soil water properties and irrigation uniformity.
IRRIG8 Support Software
Analysing data collected from field testing involves many repetitive and detailed calculations. To assist evaluators, and to provide a level of consistency, a software application called IRRIG8 was developed. The application calculates the irrigation performance indicators, generates graphical outputs and draft reports in word processable format.
The Code of Practice for Irrigation Evaluation was prepared by Page Bloomer Associates for Irrigation New Zealand. The IRRIG8 Evaluation software program was developed by Page Bloomer Associates and Pink House Software. Funding was provided by the Sustainable Farming Fund, Foundation for Arable Research, Hawke's Bay Regional Council, Pipfruit New Zealand and Environment Canterbury.
Download the entire document
Code of Practice for Irrigation Evaluation V1.2 2010.pdf
Download parts of the document
COP 1 Introduction.pdf
COP 2 Conducting Irrigation Evaluations.pdf
COP 3 Seasonal Irrigation Efficiency.pdf
COP 4-0 Field Evaluation of System Performance.pdf
COP 4-1 Drip Micro.pdf
COP 4-2 Solid Set.pdf
COP 4-3 Sprayline.pdf
COP 4-4 Multiple Sprayline.pdf
COP 4-5 Traveller.pdf
COP 4-6 Linear Move.pdf
COP 4-7 Centre Pivot.pdf
COP 5-0 Appendices.pdf
COP 5-1 Glossary.pdf
COP 5-2 Calculations.pdf
COP 5-3 Equipment Specifications.pdf
COP 5-4 Reporting Format.pdf
COP 5-5 References.pdf