Irrigation by LAYING- (The best for meadows) -Types of surface irrigation- (III)

Irrigation is a topic that we have been dealing with in several articles and today we begin the « Types of irrigation superficial - (III) » with irrigation by laying or flooding and free runoff or in closed planks.

In future articles we will discuss " furrow irrigation " and technified or pressurized irrigation such as " sprinkler irrigation " and "drip irrigation ". We have already assessed in the first article how important it is to decide choose a good irrigation method.

Surface irrigation

This type of irrigation has the particularity of applying the water on the surface of the soil. The water flows through the force of gravity and seeps into the ground.

Water needs a channeling towards the cultivation and distribution through the land, but it is very economical because no installation is required.

The peculiarity is that they depend on the type of crop and the orography of the land.

Riego en praderas y acumulación de sales
Irrigation in meadows and accumulation of salts. 1-Channel. 2-Wall. 3-Surface irrigation water. 4-Wet bulb. 5-Accumulation of salts. 6- Farm to irrigate.


Line irrigation is the oldest way of applying water to crops. No major work is done to level or level the ground, losing a large amount of water. Generally, no more than 20 to 30 liters of water are used for every 100 liters that are applied.

The work and investment that must be done to use this method comes down to tracing the channels.

Flood irrigation
Irrigation laid or by flooding. 1-Water channel. 2-Water outlet gates. 3-Full board. 4-Tablar half full.

The distribution of the channels depends fundamentally on the irrigation by laying of:

  • The slopes of the land.
  • Distribution of channels that cover the highest point of the terrain.
  • You can make one or more water inlets.
  • It is especially advisable for meadows and cereal fields.
  • The farm should be distributed with boards that allow watering by sections.
  • It is advisable that the land does not have slopes.

Almost all soils and crops can be watered, but avoid watering those planted in rows or fruit trees.

Riego por inundación en tablares cerrados
Irrigation by flooding in closed tables. 1-Channel. 2-Gate. 3-Table full and half full

Basic rules for applying a laying or flood irrigation

Due to the problems that have been analyzed, it is not a recommended method, however, efficiency can be improved by considering some management aspects such as:

  • To raise the water level in the canal use an irrigation blanket or build gates.
  • To remove the water from the canal, use siphons, distribution boxes or boards, do not break the edges or parapets of the channels.
  • Make the gutters with a slight slope, maximum 8 cm in 10 meters, following the contour lines of the terrain (contour ditches) allowing the water to run smoothly between one ditch and another.
  • Water long enough to wet down to the root zone of the crop.
  • Use an amount of water that you can easily control.
  • Don't wait for the plants to look wilted to water again.
  • Water small cloths so you can better handle the water.
Pastizales con bancales
Flood irrigation

Irrigation by free runoff

It is similar to irrigation by laying or flooding, but for land with a little slope, so that the excess water is released at the end of the watered cloth.

It is therefore positive to collect the excess water with collectors and store it for other possible irrigations.

If the excess water cannot be collected, we must water just enough so that the guide advances to the end of the board.

Irrigation by runoff in closed planks

In this case the end of the board is closed, the irrigation therefore must be very controlled because by not draining at the end of the board we are at risk of flooding at the end of the field.

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