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Water+ Furrow Diker

Increase soil water conservation in drought-prone agroecosystems

Developed by S.C. AQUAPROIECT S.A.

The Water+ Furrow Diker is an innovative equipment which allows for the maximization of the collection and harvesting of rainfall water and irrigation drainage at the root plant zone. It is operated with wheel tractors of 35-80 HP. Soil modeling with dike furrows shape is carried in: a) row crops when height is of 30-60 cm; b) vineyards, during spring-summer-autumn period.

TRL8. System incorporated in comercial design
System complete and qualified. Technology has been proven to work in its final form and under expected conditions. In almost all cases, this TRL represents the end of true system development. Examples include developmental test and evaluation (DT&E) of the system in its intended weapon system to determine if it meets design specifications. The machinery was previously tested and demonstrated (1988-1989) in a relevant environment managed by the Institute of Research for Irrigation and Drainage Baneasa-Giurgiu. Due to lack of funds, the prototype was destroyed and not pursued further. With the current project, we expect the creation of a new prototype including its testing and adaptation to the Phase “Series 0”.

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Investment ready

The business plan for this innovation has been evaluated by The Funding Company and it is considered to be ready for investment.

The main components of the system have been tested separately, and an initial integration exercise has been conducted.

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The Water Plus+ Furrow Diker is an innovative equipment which maximize the collection and harvesting of rainfall water and irrigation drainage, and prevent the generation of runoff and soil erosion. The machinery is operated with wheel tractors of 35-80 HP. Soil modeling with dike furrows is applied: a) in row crops, when crop height reaches 30-60 cm (this accounts between May, 15th – June, 15th for spring crops, and between July, 15th – August, 15th for summer crops); b) in vineyards, when during the spring-summer period (March, 15th-September,
1st) and/or the autumn period (October, 15th –November, 15th). Distance between furrows ranges between 70 cm. (typical for weeding crops) and 2.2 m. (vineyards).

Limitations/conditions under which this innovation does not work or is less effective

The minimum distance between crop lines needs to be 70 cm for row crops, and 180 cm for trees. – Soil moisture content must be in the 50%-70% range, and slope gradient less than 5% – The diker can work on all types of soils only if the soil was previously plowed up to 20cm in depth. – The system needs to be applied during the right growth period of the crop.

Added value
Main added value elements include:
1. The machinery allows the creation of dike furrows in a single pass and simultaneously with the cultivation, which increases the possibilities of collecting and harvesting rainfall water;
2. Easy integration with other equipments (e.g. plows)

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