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Research Project: Precipitation and Irrigation Management to Optimize Profits from Crop Production

Location: Soil and Water Management Research

Title: Precipitation use efficiency of dryland cropping systems

item SCHLEGEL, ALAN - Kansas State University
item Baumhardt, Roland - Louis
item Vigil, Merle

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/1/2019
Publication Date: 11/11/2019
Citation: Schlegel, A.J., Baumhardt, R.L., Vigil, M.F. 2019. Precipitation use efficiency of dryland cropping systems [abstract]. 2019 ASA-SSSA-CSSA Annual International Meeting - Special Session Symposium: Managing Limited Water Resources in a Changing Climate, November 10-13, 2019, San Antonio, Texas. Abstract No. 117-5.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Water is the limiting factor in Great Plains agriculture and sustained viability depends on efficient capture and utilization of scarce precipitation. We will examine the efforts to increase precipitation capture and storage during the non-growing season (fallow) as well as water utilization by crops in various cropping systems. The main objective is to review published research reports of current dryland agriculture practices from the southern and central Great Plains as it pertains to precipitation capture and utilization. Most publications report on fallow efficiency and/or crop water use efficiency (WUE). However, there is limited information available on precipitation use efficiency (PUE) for the entire cropping system. We will report on recent and current progress on improving management of limited water in dryland cropping systems.