Different irrigation systems will have their own maintenance requirements, so it is important to know what to look for in specific systems. Keeping systems on an irrigation schedule will also help to determine when issues arise as this helps to monitor water consumption. If consumption increases, there may be a leak, and if it decreases there may be blockage. Plan for upgrades to the irrigation systems between five and ten years as maintenance costs can become overwhelming, it may also be cost effective for water conservation as well. Alongside maintaining the irrigation systems, be sure to do the same for all farm equipment. Practicing continual maintenance enables the life of the equipment to be extended and ensure proper irrigation for crops, while keeping costs down.