Standardization of the dimensions of a portable weighing lysimeter designed to be applied to vegetable crops in Mediterranean climates
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AuthorSoler Méndez, Manuel; Parras Burgos, Dolores; Mas Espinosa, Estefanía; Ruiz Canales, Antonio; Intrigliolo Molina, Diego Sebastiano; [et al.]
Knowledge AreaExpresión Gráfica en Ingeniería
SponsorsResearch and development project with reference IDI-20190146, entitled “Development and implementation of a weighing lysimeter ferticontrol equipment for use in intensive agriculture”, in collaboration with the company AGROSOLMEN, S.L., cofinanced by the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER) through the Spanish Multiregional Operational Programme 2014–2020. Preciriego (RTC-2017-6365-2) project co-financed by FEDER and AEI-Spain.
Bibliographic CitationSoler-Méndez, M.; Parras-Burgos, D.; Mas-Espinosa, E.; Ruíz-Canales, A.; Intrigliolo, D.S.; Molina-Martínez, J.M. Standardization of the Dimensions of a Portable Weighing Lysimeter Designed to Be Applied to Vegetable Crops in Mediterranean Climates. Sustainability 2021, 13, 2210. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042210
Sustainable fertigation management
The progress made in developing information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the fact that water resources are becoming increasingly scarce make precision agriculture a very valuable tool for efficient and sustainable crop management, particularly for irrigation and fertilisation. In line with this, the water balance estimate is considered one of the most accurate methods for estimating crops’ water requirements. The Agromotic Engineering and Sea Research Group of the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (Spain) has worked in this direction to obtain portable weighing lysimeters with improved functions compared to traditional measurement systems. This study analysed the most important vegetable crops in south-eastern Spain to standardise suitable dimensions so that these portable weighing lysimeters can monitor practically all of today’s vegetable and herbaceous crops in Mediterranean climates. The dimensions established for the cultivation tank are 150 cm long, 45 cm wide, and ...
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