Drip Irrigation Management and Scheduling for Vegetable Production

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Author: G.A. Clark 1
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  • 1 Associate Professor of Agricultural Engineering, Univ. of Florida, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, Bradenton.

Proper management of vegetable drip-irrigation systems requires knowledge of soil hydraulic characteristics, plant-growth and water-use characteristics, and evaporative demand. The resultant schedule must integrate these properties and conform to existing irrigation system and cultural constraints. Irrigation management must be coupled with the fertilizer management program to avoid excessive water applications that leach plant nutrients. Because drip irrigation applies water to discrete locations along the plant row, limited irrigated areas can result, and this is an important consideration for irrigation system design, cultural practices and management, and irrigation system operation and management.

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