After researching and debating between sprinkler system and the drip, we went ahead with the drip.
- Sprinkler system:
- Pros: Cheaper establishment cost, keeps the soil surface smooth, requires less labor, good for frost protection.
- Cons: High electricity consumption, problem with wetted branches, uses more water.
- Pros: Efficient water usage, uniform tree growth.
- Cons: Needs to be irrigated frequently, no frost protection, higher establishment costs, higher maintenance, lack of reserve moisture in the soil.
We hope the irrigation system will be the last of the development expenses. The next year should just be ongoing farming expenses. Still, income from Whitmore ranch is a couple of years away, so crossing my fingers!