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Fertigation recipes for selected crops in the Mediterranean region | I. Papadopoulos, C. Metochis and N. Seraphides

Abstract: Fertigation increases efficient use of water and fertilizers, produces higher yields, improves quality of the production and protects environment. To ensure uniform distribution of water and fertilizers, the irrigation system must be properly designed and operated. The choice of suitable fertilizers is also very important and must be based on several factors like nutrient form, purity, solubility and cost. To implement a fertigation program, particularly  under intensive greenhouse production, good knowledge is required of water and nutrient requirements over the growing season. The fertigation model developed to be used at farmers level concerns drip-irrigated greenhouse tomato, pepper, cucumber and melon. It takes into account the amount of nutrients which may be available to the crop from soil and calculates for a target yield the quantities of N, P and K fertilizers which may be supplied through the irrigation stream over the growing season.

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