France is a rainy country in winter, but with droughts in summer in some areas. For this reason, irrigated agriculture in France is increasing especially in the south and south-west.

Irrigation optimization is a necessity for product quality and French farmers are aware of this.

Although the majority of the regions have more livestock than agriculture, there are areas with wide extensions of vineyards, cereals, corn and vegetables, and especially in the southern area they suffer from water stress in summer.

Zonas agrícolas de FranciaType of irrigated agriculture in France

The main crops of agriculture are: wheat, corn, sugar, wine, apple, pear, plum, peach, apricot and vegetables.

Irrigated crops are corn and cereals in the Landes, Gers, Lot et Garonne, Charente Maritime, Poitiers and Haute Garonne areas. Most how it can be seen on the map in the southwest.

The other agricultural areas have less need for irrigation and the water is abundant even in the summer. But still it is important to control the water stress of the crop.

Irrigated agriculture areas in France

Zonas que necesitan regadío en Francia

Greenhouse cultivation in France

Most of the greenhouse crops are: tomato, cucumber, strawberry, eggplant, lettuce, zucchini, radish and pepper.

Controlled irrigation and temperature are essential for good production. Most with drip irrigation.

The installation of humidity and temperature sensors, as well as a flowmeter are essential for the quality, the quantity of the product and the saving of water and energy. Especially in spring and summer, a control that makes the quality much better is very important. Plantae has experience in the irrigation of all types of greenhouse crops with earth soil or hydroponic with rock wool or coconut fiber.

Irrigated agriculture in France applied to vineyards

Until 2006 it was forbidden to irrigate the vineyards of denomination of origin , but due to the water stress they suffered, irrigation was authorized after the harvest and until May 1. If necessary it can be watered in bloom from June 15 to August 15 with a specific request.

The main areas suffering from drought are south , Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence . In the ripening season, watering is prohibited by law from August 15 until veraison.

Vineyard areas with designation of origin

vinos de Francia

Sources consulted:

Plantae

https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vino_de_Francia

http://www.hp-hp.eu/_archivos/ficheros/hecho-en-pirineos_100.pdf