IRRIGATION SCHEDULING FOR HORTICULTURE - AN INTEGRATED APPROACH

P. Buss
This paper describes the main features of a technique developed to schedule irrigation in areas high in spatial variability of soil factors and crop characteristics. The technique systematically integrates data from surveying and monitoring soil, crop, climate, irrigation system and management factors which are used to plan and implement irrigation schedules for permanent horticultural plantings.

Repeated measurements are made of volumetric soil water content using a neutron moisture meter (NMM) calibrated on site. These data, together with climatic data, irrigation events and cultural management practices are entered as site specific information onto a computer data base. The database can be used to display sequential water removal from soil profiles, and interpreted for the range of site specific environmental and management factors responsible for soil-water/plant behaviour.

Buss, P. (1989). IRRIGATION SCHEDULING FOR HORTICULTURE - AN INTEGRATED APPROACH. Acta Hortic. 240, 261-266
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.1989.240.48
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.1989.240.48

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