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Research Project: Improving Water Use Efficiency and Water Quality in Irrigated Agricultural Systems

Location: Northwest Irrigation and Soils Research

Title: Potato irrigation management

item King, Bradley - Brad
item STARK, JEFFREY - University Of Idaho
item NEIBLING, HOWARD - University Of Idaho

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/15/2020
Publication Date: 4/28/2020
Citation: King, B.A., Stark, J.C., Neibling, H. 2020. Potato irrigation management. In: Stark J., Thornton M., Nolte P., editors. Potato Production Systems. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. p. 417-446.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Potato yield and quality are sensitive to both excess and deficit soil water. This sensitivity, coupled with a relatively shallow root zone and medium- to coarse -textured soils common in many production areas, makes economically efficient irrigated potato production challenging. Potato is grown under all types of irrigation systems worldwide, but irrigation systems capable of light, frequent, uniform water application are best. Optimum potato irrigation management requires a working knowledge of soil water relations and irrigation system characteristics. This chapter introduces both in the context of potato production in arid areas of the Pacific Northwest U.S. General guidelines and irrigation management aids are presented along with examples for implementing quantitative irrigation management of potato in an arid environment.