Soil water potential as related to the Crop Water Stress Index of irrigated cotton
KeywordsCotton -- Irrigation -- Arizona.
Cotton -- Water requirements.
Soils -- Arizona -- Remote sensing.
AdvisorFangmeier, Delmar D.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe application of the crop water stress index (CWSI) method to irrigation scheduling is enhanced by knowledge of the relationship between CWSI and soil water potential (SWP) and how this relationship is affected by soil texture. A study using the same cultivar of cotton on three different soils was conducted in southern Arizona over a single growing season. Detailed data were collected of CWSI and soil moisture content for several treatments that scheduled irrigations at threshold CWSI values. CWSI was correlated with soil water potential values calculated from pressure plate determined moisture release curves. Spatial variability of soil characteristics necessitated use of average rather than plot specific moisture release curves. Analysis showed a linear CWSI-SWP relationship that varied greatly with soil depth and study site. The study concluded that soil profile average SWP alone does not normalize the CWSI between sites with different soil textures.
Degree ProgramGraduate College