Farming is a crucial industry that requires clean water to produce food and maintain livestock health. Everfilt® offers various filtration solutions, including for sprinkler heads, drip tape and center pivots, ensuring peak performance and preventing damage to expensive equipment and maintaining sanitary environments for animals.
Farming and Agriculture go hand in hand, and both rely on each other to ensure quality and yield are as expected. Farming can be the act or process of working the ground, planting seeds and growing edible plants. You can also describe raising animals for milk or meat as farming. However you look at it, plants and animals both require large amounts of water and nutrition to grow and produce healthy results. Producing plants in soil requires a fresh source of water depending on the scale of the operation, method of farming the soil and irrigation practices can vary.
Source water is typically pulled from reservoirs, wells, streams or ditches, each presenting individual concerns when irrigation water is pumped into designated areas. Open or uncovered/protected water sources can include: trash, silt, algae and many other potential harmful elements that could possibly plug or clog irrigation equipment. Well water also creates additional obstacles like, iron, manganese, arsenic, and calcium to name a few. Addressing the concerns and establishing a filtration or treatment design, is very important to avoid damaging crops or irrigation systems.
With advancements in farming, new practices are being adopted almost constantly. This includes producing higher yields, while reducing consumption and producing less waste. Greenhouse, vertical farming and hydroponics are a few of the advancing practices and alternatives. Each growing technique is unique in its own way, producing more yield in a smaller foot print, which is most beneficial to the farmer. Quality water is injected into the irrigation system along with fertilizer and other important nutrients to maintain healthy growth.
Water that is not consumed by the plants, is then returned to holding tanks for future use. This is where water filtration equipment plays an important role in filtering and treating wastewater to a neutral or safe level to be used over and over again. Farming in soil does not allow farmers to capture water being irrigated, instead it is put back into groundwater and a portion is evaporated, depending on humidity in surrounding areas.
Water filtration systems can be designed to treat very complex situations or as simple as meeting a specific micron level required for water to pass effortlessly through emitters, drip tape or sprinkler heads. In agricultural applications, a filtration level of less than 40 microns is generally suitable. However, if specific elements need to be removed, the use of specialty media becomes necessary.
Our expertise in designing water filtration systems allows us to incorporate specialty media for targeted contaminant removal, ensuring optimal water quality for agricultural purposes. Pre-filtration for RO or Reverse Osmosis, is also a critical component in lower level filtration. Pre-filtration or filtration down to 5 microns, is a common practice. This eliminates the chances of fouling the RO unit, since source water is previously cleaned and debris is removed before entering the RO unit.