Irrigation is a process where water is applied to land or soil in order to assist in the growing of crops, maintenance of landscapes, and re-vegetation of disturbed soils in dry areas and during periods of inadequate rainfall. In heavily flooded conditions, the flood irrigation process is used to restore the water levels to a manageable level.

Aerial view of the pipeline

Irrigation also has a few other uses in crop production: protecting plants against frost, suppressing weed growth in grain fields, and preventing soil consolidation. In contrast, agriculture that relies only on direct rainfall is referred to as rain-fed or dryland farming.


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