•Field data revealed positive effect of plastic mulch on crop yield and soil temperature.•Water and nitrate distribution were affected by plastic MULCH cover.•HYDRUS-2D simulations showed good agreement with the field data.•Modeling revealed faster transport of nitrates below drip line in CONT system.•Research suggests that MULCH systems can reduce nitrate leaching from fertigation.
Agricultural Water Management – Elsevier
Published: Oct 1, 2016
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