|Author:||Boesveld, H. ; Boshuizen, A. ; van der Maas, R.|
|Book Group Author:||NA|
Irrigation of perennial fruit crops can create new problems such as high production during main season that often results in very low market prices. Also vigorous growth can lead to lack of generative development and consequent low fruit bearing or low quality. In order to control the effects of water on crop growth Regulated Deficit Irrigation (RDI) has been developed. However, farmers are reluctant to try it because of the risks of adverse effects of water stress. The decision support system IRRY was developed and introduced in fruit production in the Netherlands to avoid the risk of yield reduction and resulted in 73% of growers changing their irrigation practice. Water savings of 37% were achieved in six years. This project demonstrated that better yield could be achieved at the same time as water saving.
|Journal:||Transactions of the 19th International Congress on Irrigationand Drainage, Beijing, China, 2005. Vol 1A: Improving water and landmanagement for increasing efficiency in irrigated agriculture|
crop quality, crop yield, decision analysis, farmers'attitudes, fruit crops, irrigation water, perennials, water stress,water use efficiency, Netherlands, Western Europe, Europe, DevelopedCountries, Benelux, European Union Countries, OECD Countries, decisionsupport systems, deficit irrigation, water saving, Horticultural Crops(FF003) (New March 2000), Soil Water Management (Irrigation andDrainage) (JJ800) (Revised June 2002) [formerly Soil Water Management],Mathematics and Statistics (ZZ100), Soil Fertility (JJ600), RuralDevelopment (UU850) (New March 2000), Horticultural Economics (EE111)(New March 2000), Supply, Demand and Prices (EE130), Water Resources(PP200)