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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Irrigation Scheduling Research and Its Impact on Water Use

item Howell, Terry

Submitted to: International Evapotranspiration Irrigation Scheduling Conference
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: April 12, 1996
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: Future demands on the world's limited water resources and the demands to adequately feed and clothe an expanding population require that irrigation efficiency and crop productivity from irrigated lands improve. Irrigation scheduling is an important element in improving water use efficiency. Several new plant and soil water sensor technologies have direct implications for improving irrigation management. Irrigation scheduling research on evapotranspiration (ET) estimation methods, on improved understanding of spatial variation of ET and irrigation applications, on identifying the water balance components in typical irrigated agriculture, on integrating various sensing technologies into irrigation scheduling models and controls, on new and improved sensor technology, and on integrating water quality constraints into irrigation scheduling and control is recommended for future research priorities. Technology transfer rof irrigation scheduling to producers needs to consider their behavior and actual on-farm needs.

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