AuthorFox, Fred Andrew
AdvisorSlack, Donald C.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractIrrigation scheduling using the soil water balance approach has been recommended to irrigators for many years. Reasonably good results are normally obtained by researchers using carefully quantified inputs. Irrigators in production agriculture may estimate inputs and then question the validity of the method when the irrigation recommendations conflict with present irrigation schedules. By associating each input with an interval representing possible bias based on the way the input was estimated, and solving the irrigation scheduling model using the intervals as inputs, the output was associated with an interval representing possible bias. This method was also used to evaluate possible bias associated with growing degree day based crop coefficient curves developed from Arizona crop consumptive use measurements. For comparison purposes, roughly estimated inputs based on irrigation system type, soil type, area weather data and available crop coefficient curves were used as default intervals. Improved input intervals consisted of observed irrigation system performance, soil property measurements, local weather data and theoretical improvements in crop coefficient curves. For surface irrigation, field observation of plant stress and soil water content showed the greatest potential to improve irrigation date predictions. For buried drip under a row crop, accuracy of the predicted daily irrigation rate was most improved by a better estimate of irrigation efficacy.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering