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Irrigating onions, shallots, garlic, leaks and green onions with Nelson sprinklers.

High-value crops such as onions truly benefit from the high uniformity, reliability, and performance of Rotator® Sprinklers and Nelson pivot sprinklers. Onion growers have the challenge of optimize the bulb size without encouraging heavy root growth. Through careful attention to farming techniques and irrigation details bigger onion yields can be achieved. Onions have a relatively high water demand, so frequent irrigation cycles are common, which makes every choice in your irrigation system count. Onion crop yields are also directly proportional to how much water the plant can take in without overwatering. Nelson’s dependable, precision equipment can help produce consistent yields despite these challenges.

Automation of onion irrigation efforts can help with control of the frequent irrigation cycles required for onion growth. The Nelson TWIG® V Wireless Automation System and the 1000 Series Valves are critical tools that can help a grower achieve success. 

Choosing the right irrigation sprinklers for onions depends on the growers’ equipment requirements. Onions are commonly grown under center pivots but can also be grown with portable solid set. In California, it’s common to see R2000WF Windfighter sprinklers irrigating onion crops on Certa-Set yellow pipe.

Irrigating onions is a complicated task that depends on everything from your region to your choice of valve. Explore some of the Nelson products commonly used for onions below, or get in touch with the territory manager in your area so we can help find the right solution for you.

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Nelson PC-R2000WF Edge of Field Sprinkler
R2000WF Windfighter Sprinklers
TWIG Wireless Automation, 1000 Series Valves, and Rotator Sprinklers Irrigating Onions
Recommended Products for Onions