The answer to this question varies greatly depending on what typing of watering system is in use. But there can be up to 10% evaporation before the water is absorbed into the ground. There is some water lost during the watering process and then some evaporated out of the ground as well.
Yes some water is evaporated during irrigation. However, it is different everywhere. Wind, climate, and location, are all factors. How the plants are watered also plays a big role.
Below is a link from Florida that talks about some its statistics.
It really depends on the weather, but growers usually water their crops in the early morning or night to prevent too much evaporation. Evaporation can also be prevented by using a drip line for small plants instead of large sprinklers so the water doesn’t get swept up by the air. These are just a few simple tips, but they really help with water waste in the long run.
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