Early Season Irrigation Management
By Howard Neibling, P.E.
Biological and Agricultural Engineering
University of Idaho
Twin Falls, Idaho
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Production of high-yielding, high quality potatoes requires careful irrigation to avoid crop water stress throughout the growing season. This presentation outlines a method of pre-season irrigation planning to evaluate the adequacy of irrigation system capacity under your specific climate and soil conditions for normal and unusually high water-use years. For systems flagged as marginal or inadequate, suggestions are given for pre-season equipment changes and water management strategies to produce a high yield and quality potato crop.
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