Evaluation of the soil water regime of an irrigated maize field

C. Farkas, A. Hagyó, E. Tóth, J. Szabó, T. Németh

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Abstract

This study was carried out to evaluate the soil hydrophysical properties and soil water regime of two irrigated maize fields in order to support irrigation planning and management. The experimental sites were located in Mezohegyes (MZH) and Hódmezovásárhely (HMV) in SE Hungary. In total 11 monitoring stations were chosen, using information from a previously developed, GIS-based agro-geoinformation system. In 2003 and 2004 soil sampling and in situ measurements were performed to determine the soil hydrophysical properties and soil water content dynamics. The hydraulic conductivity of the topsoil was evaluated from double ring infiltrometer measurements. A previously calibrated TDR 300 instrument and a 3T-M capacitance probe were used for quantifying the soil water content. Both types of equipment were found to require calibration and testing under field conditions before use. It was concluded that the study fields could be considered relatively homogeneous in relation to both soil hydrophysical properties and soil water regime. Thus, monitoring stations established for one or two carefully selected soil profiles could provide enough data to ensure proper decisions on irrigation. The results indicate that the soil management system and irrigation strategy used in the experimental fields ensured satisfactory soil and soil moisture conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-175
Number of pages15
JournalActa Agronomica Hungarica
Volume53
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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soil properties
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hydraulic conductivity
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Keywords

  • Capacitance probe
  • Double ring infiltrometer
  • Maize
  • Soil water
  • TDR 300

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  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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Evaluation of the soil water regime of an irrigated maize field. / Farkas, C.; Hagyó, A.; Tóth, E.; Szabó, J.; Németh, T.

In: Acta Agronomica Hungarica, Vol. 53, No. 2, 2005, p. 161-175.

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Farkas, C. ; Hagyó, A. ; Tóth, E. ; Szabó, J. ; Németh, T. / Evaluation of the soil water regime of an irrigated maize field. In: Acta Agronomica Hungarica. 2005 ; Vol. 53, No. 2. pp. 161-175.
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