1st Edition

Fertigation Technologies for Micro Irrigated Crops Performance, Requirements, and Efficiency

Edited By Megh R. Goyal, Lala I. P. Ray Copyright 2021
    340 Pages 8 Color & 130 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    340 Pages 8 Color & 130 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    340 Pages 8 Color & 130 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    This new volume addresses the global water crisis by presenting new ways to use irrigation water judiciously through innovative fertigation management. It looks at the research and review work done throughout the world on micro irrigation and the techno-economic feasibility of various fertigation irrigation water management systems.

    Taking a multidisciplinary perspective, the chapters look at

    • using fertigation to increase the effectiveness of irrigation systems
    • crop performance evaluation of various crops under fertigation and irrigation methods
    • estimating levels of crop requirements
    • scheduling of fertigation and irrigation
    • new fertigation equipment and technology
    • cost components of the various irrigation and fertigation systems

    Part 1: Crop Performance Under Micro Irrigation System

    1. Performance of Drip Irrigated Tomato: Water Uptake, Root Distribution, and Quality

    Rajan Aggarwal et al.

    2. Performance of Cucumber under Micro- and Mini-Sprinkler Irrigation with Land Slopes

    R. Chelleng et al.

    3. Performance of Selected Indigenous Crops under Drip Irrigation in the North-East Region of India

    Pankaj Barua

    4. Performance of Pointed Gourd under Polyethylene Mulching and Different Levels of Fertigation

    Abinash Dalai and P. C. Pradhan

    5. Effects of Different Nitrogen Levels on Drip-Irrigated Cucumber under Greenhouse Conditions

    S. K. Pattanaaik and P. Debnath

    6. Performance of Sunflower with Different Irrigation Methods: The Coastal Plain Zone of Eastern India

    Arati Sethi et al.

    7. Summer Kusmi Lac Production on Drip Irrigated Flemingia semialata Roxb

    R. K. Singh

    Part 2: Irrigation Requirement Of Drip Irrigated Crops

    8. Estimation of Crop Water Requirements

    Vyas Pandey

    9. Potential Applications of SSAT, AquaCrop, APSIM Models for Crop Water Productivity and Irrigation Scheduling

    Mukhtar Ahmed et al.

    10. Soil Moisture and Nutrient Patterns under Sub-Surface Drip Irrigation for Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative (SSI)

    M. Manikandan and G. Thiyagarajan

    Part 3: Automation and Fertigation Technologies In Micro Irrigation

    11. Automated Drip Irrigation System for Sweet Corn and Cluster Bean: Field Evaluation of Low-Cost Soil Moisture Sensors

    G. Ravi Babu and N. V. Gowtham Deekshithulu

    12. Fertigation Technology for Horticultural and Field Crops

    Raja Gopala Reddy, Kamlesh N. Tiwari, and D. T. Santosh

    13. Hydraulic Performance of Drip Fertigation Equipment

    E. K. Kurien et al.

    Part 4: Enhancement Of Irrigation Efficiency

    14. Micro Irrigation Developments in India: Techno-Economic Challenges

    Manoj P. Samuel and A. Suresh

    15. Drip Irrigation Systems for Enhancing Input Use Efficiency

    K. V. Ramana Rao and Suchi Gangwar

    16. Rainwater Conservation and Utilization Techniques: The North-East Hilly Region in India

    Jotish Nongthombam and Santosh Kumar

    17. Design of Indigenous Gravity Drip Irrigation System for Efficient Utilization of Harvested Water

    Dhiraj Khalkho et al.


    Megh R. Goyal, PhD, PE, is a Retired Professor in Agricultural and Biomedical Engineering from the General Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico–Mayaguez Campus. He has worked as a Soil Conservation Inspector and as a Research Assistant at Haryana Agricultural University and Ohio State University. He was the first agricultural engineer to receive the professional license in Agricultural Engineering from the College of Engineers and Surveyors of Puerto Rico and was proclaimed as the "Father of Irrigation Engineering in Puerto Rico for the twentieth century" by the ASABE, Puerto Rico Section, for his pioneering work on micro irrigation, evapotranspiration, agroclimatology, and soil and water engineering. During his professional career of over 52 years, he has received many prestigious awards. A prolific author and editor, he has written more than 200 journal articles and several textbooks and has edited over 85 books.

    Lala I. P. Ray, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Soil and Water Engineering at the School of Natural Resource Management, College of Postgraduate Studies in Agricultural Sciences, Central Agricultural University-Imphal, Umiam, Meghalaya, India. He has worked at the ICARIndian Institute of Water Management on an adhoc project sponsored by the Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India, as a research associate, and as an Agriculture Officer on a project funded by the Department for International Development under the United Nations. At present, he is actively involved in teaching, research, and extension activities at Central Agricultural University-Imphal. Dr. Ray has expertise in principles and practices of water management, soil conservation, and water quality aspects.