Cherry Irrigation offers a full stand-alone agricultural design and consulting service that includes all irrigation systems and crops, whether it is open-field or undercover farming.
If you require only some of the design steps and not the full package, we can assist you as well. We also specialise in pumphouse/head control designs, automation systems and mainline reticulation systems.
A typical process starts with an initial consultation – here we quote or supply an estimate of the design cost. Before any design and planning activities start, we do a needs assessment and a topographical survey. We also meet with the relevant stakeholders such as soil scientists, agronomists and greenhouse manufacturers. The process concludes with us drawing up plans, technical documents and drawings, as well as a bill of quantities.
Initial consultation & needs assessment
In our initial consultation, you’ll tell us what your needs are and all the details that would impact our design. We’ll want to know what type of crop and water requirements the design will have to cater for, as well as further details like scheduling requirements, plant or row spacing, irrigation and/or fertigation method, automation and type of structure.
Based on our discussions, we will provide you with information on what the design would entail and the estimated costs to complete the design process.
We conduct a detailed topographical survey with our state-of-the-art and precise real-time kinematic (RTK-GPS) equipment or aerial survey.
We provide a professional aerial survey service with fully orthorectified mosaic image and topographic information. The high-resolution mosaic is suitable as a replacement in Google Earth as background (overlay) for planning by the client. The mosaic and topographic product is suitable for engineering and irrigation design, for example in CAD and GIS systems.
We make our plans electronically available to all stakeholders (with the client’s permission). Our designers then sit down with the client and stakeholders like soil scientists, agronomists, consultants and greenhouse manufactures to get their input and requirements.
Water & energy budget
We work out a water budget and the energy specifications, taking all the input, details and requirements into account.
Design & planning
We do the overhead planning, water storage, head control design, mainline design, infield design, automation and fertigation. If applicable we also incorporate roof water collection, drainage and drain water recirculation.
Plans, technical documents & drawings
The process ends with us supplying the client with plans, technical documents and drawings. Once the design is completed a bill of quantities is prepared and handed over to the client.