Furrow irrigation management with limited water

Schneekloth, J. P., Klocke, N. L., Davison, D. R. and Payero, J. O. (2006). Furrow irrigation management with limited water. In: Applied Engineering in Agriculture. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, Ottawa, Canada, (391-398). 1-4 August 2004. doi:10.13031/2013.20459

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Author Schneekloth, J. P.
Klocke, N. L.
Davison, D. R.
Payero, J. O.
Title of paper Furrow irrigation management with limited water
Conference name Annual Meeting of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers
Conference location Ottawa, Canada
Conference dates 1-4 August 2004
Proceedings title Applied Engineering in Agriculture   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Applied Engineering in Agriculture   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication St Joseph, MI, United States
Publisher American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
Publication Year 2006
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.13031/2013.20459
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
ISSN 0883-8542
Volume 22
Issue 3
Start page 391
End page 398
Total pages 8
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Dwindling water supplies in the Great Plains are a major concern to the economics of the region. Water management studies on limited irrigation usually focus attention on sprinkler irrigation for the delivery system. Furrow irrigation has more management factors that can influence water application including water advance and water distribution over the furrow length. This study compared water application strategies to reduce the amount of water delivered to corn during the vegetative and late grain fill growth periods from 1998 to 2000. In addition to a "full irrigation" and "late initiation of irrigation" treatment, two water allocation treatments were imposed, which limited seasonal water applications to 150 and 250 mm, respectively and "rainfed" treatment. Average grain yield over three years for "late" treatment was 0.2 Mg ha-1 or 2% less than that of "full" treatment. Yields for the 150- and 250-mm treatments were 1.1 and 0.4 Mg ha-1 less than "full." The reduction in gross water applied was 21%, 36%, and 51% for "late," 250 mm, and 150 mm as compared to "full". Soil water was measured to a depth of 1.8 m at quarter points along the furrow to evaluate the distribution of the irrigation. Soil water profiles tended to dry slightly during the season, but there was no statistical difference among the limited and full irrigation treatments. Best management cropping practices were applied, including ridge tillage/planting, furrow packing, irrigation scheduling, and surge irrigation techniques to keep water in the soil profile and target water applications to critical crop growth stages.. These practices maximized the potential success of all irrigation treatments.
Keyword Limited irrigation
Furrow irrigation
Irrigation management
Yield response
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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