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Record number 541120
Title Irrigation system performance in potato production in Northern Algeria : a case study of the portable sprinkler system
Author(s) Braber, Harmen den; Houben, Saskia; Blom-Zandstra, M.; Anten, N.P.R.
Source Wageningen : Stichting Wageningen Research, Wageningen Plant Research, Business Unit Plant (Report / WPR 694) - 27
Department(s) Land Use and Food Security
Crop and Weed Ecology
Publication type Research report
Publication year 2017
Abstract This report presents a case study of the performance of the irrigation system commonly used in potato production in Northern Algeria, the portable sprinkler system. The aim is to determine water use, water losses and water distribution uniformity. Furthermore, it is evaluated whether the applied irrigation water can be stored in the root zone, and if irrigation applications match with crop water demand. Based on the findings, some recommendations will be given to improve the system. Algeria is among the countries with the lowest renewable water resources per capita in the world, but currently, data and information on irrigation system performance is lacking. In this study, the portable sprinkler system is evaluated by means of field measurements (catch can test, sprinkler discharge measurement, soil moisture measurements) and modelling (CROPWAT 8.0 model). It was found that water losses due to wind drift and evaporation are rather high (36%) compared to values found in literature, whereas the water distribution uniformity was low (DU 34.6% and CU 51.2%), from which it can be concluded that the system performs poorly. Furthermore, it was found that water applications are too high, especially in the beginning of the growing season. The most important recommendation to improve the performance of the irrigation system is an alternative irrigation schedule, adapting the timing and duration of irrigation events to crop water demand and the water storage capacity of the root zone.
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