This practical one-day workshop is primarily for anyone involved with the management of irrigation systems and protocols for in-field vegetable production.

It supplements the two-day theoretical training unit 'Water and Irrigation Management' that is a part of the Potato Production and Management credit bearing course. 

This 1 day course will focus on understanding how to systematically evaluate the management and engineering performance of different types of irrigation system used in field-vegetable production including technical guidance on matching equipment to soil and crop management. 

This course is held at Elveden Farm in Suffolk. It is supported by the UK Irrigation Association.

At a glance

Course structure

The course will last for one day and will mainly be based in the field (most likely on-farm but with a combination of fieldwork and indoor teaching/groupwork/calculation). It will start with a short introduction, to be followed by an in-field evaluation practical. Classroom based work on data processing and calculations will follow.

What you will learn

Evaluate the performance of an overhead irrigation system in terms of adequacy and uniformity. 

Understand how performance can be improved. 

Understand the links between water and energy efficiency in irrigation water management.

Who should attend

Anyone involved with the management of irrigation systems and protocols for in-field vegetable production.


This course is provided via the Agrifood Training Partnership (AFTP).


Accommodation options and prices

Accommodation is available at Mitchell Hall which is located on campus. All rooms are en-suite and bookings are on a half-board basis. If you would like to book accommodation for this short course at Mitchell Hall, please indicate this on the registration form and we will arrange this for you.

Alternatively, you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

Further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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