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More ‘crop per drop’: constraints and opportunities for precision irrigation in European agriculture

Author:
Monaghan, James M, Daccache, Andre, Vickers, Laura H, Hess, Tim M, Weatherhead, E Keith, Grove, Ivan G, Knox, Jerry W
Source:
Journal of the science of food and agriculture 2013 v.93 no.5 pp. 977-980
ISSN:
0022-5142
Subject:
agricultural industry, agricultural management, agronomists, climate change, drought, engineers, field crops, irrigated farming, irrigation, physiologists, scientists, soil, uncertainty, water supply
Abstract:
Dwindling water supplies, increasing drought frequency and uncertainties associated with a changing climate mean Europe's irrigated agriculture sector needs to improve water efficiency and produce more 'crop per drop'. This paper summarizes the drivers for change, and the constraints and opportunities for improving agricultural water management through uptake of precision irrigation technologies. A multi‐disciplinary and integrated approach involving irrigation engineers, soil scientists, agronomists and plant physiologists will be needed if the potential for precision irrigation within the field crop sector is to be realized. © 2013 Society of Chemical Industry
Agid:
418120