Springfields

Centre pivot irrigation, a method widely used in agriculture in the USA, has a reputation for spilling water and exhausting groundwater supplies. Springfields aims to achieve the opposite, using soil sensors and satellite information to carefully match the water supply to the exact needs of the crop without extracting more water in dry periods than can be replenished when it rains. If necessary, measured quantities of nutrients can be added to the irrigation water.

Springfields irrigation results in high yields and substantial water and energy savings. Areas that receive less water provide room for agrobiodiversity and ecological projects.

Springfields was originally developed for the Veenkolonieƫn area in the Netherlands as a submission in the Eo Wijers Competition 2011-2012. The original design partners are Vista Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, Ecorys, Aequator and JanRutten.com. Currently, the project is open to participation in the further design and pilot stages.

More info: www.springfields.nl

Springfields