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Improving irrigation systems conserves water in greenhouse-grown cut flowers

Authors

Kurt Schulbach
Steve Tjosvold
Danyal Kasapligil

Authors Affiliations

K. Schulbach was Farm Advisor, UCCE Monterey County, and currently is Doctoral Graduate Student, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla; S. Tjosvold is Farm Advisor, UCCE Santa Cruz County, Monterey Country Water Resources Agency, and currently is Agronomist, Dellavalle Laboratory Inc., Fresno; D. Kasapligil was Hydrologist, Monterey Country Water Resources Agency, and currently is Agronomist, Dellavalle Laboratory Inc., Fresno.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 53(2):44-48. DOI:10.3733/ca.v053n02p44. March 1999.

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Abstract

In our evaluation of three microirrigation systems used in greenhouse cut-flower production, the systems' ability to apply water uniformly varied widely. The most common irrigation system, the perimeter system, generally applied water less consistently than other tested systems. Center riser and drip irrigation systems generally applied water more uniformly than the perimeter system. And while many perimeter irrigation systems could be retrofitted to improve water distribution, all irrigation systems could be improved with a regular maintenance program consisting of flushing rust and other particulates from irrigation pipe, and chemically controlling biological growth in irrigation pipe.

Further reading

Fereres E, Alijibury F, Beutel J. Drip irrigation management. Division of Agricultural Sciences, University of California, leaflet 21259 1981. p.44. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0378-3774(97)00018-8

Hanan J. Greenhouses: Advanced Technology for Protected Horticulture.. 1998. Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press. p. 271-385. Chapter 5: water: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0378-3774(97)00030-9

Schwankl L, Hanson B, Prichard T. Low-volume Irrigation. Cooperative Extension, Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, University of California, Davis 1993. p.116.

Tjosvold S, Schulbach K. How to reduce water use and maximize yields in greenhouse roses. Cal Ag 1991. 45pp.31-2.

Schulbach K, Tjosvold S, Kasapligil D. 1999. Improving irrigation systems conserves water in greenhouse-grown cut flowers. Hilgardia 53(2):44-48. DOI:10.3733/ca.v053n02p44
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