Plastic mulch and nitrogen fertigation in growing vegetables modify soil temperature, water and nitrate dynamics: Experimental results and a modeling study

Plastic mulch and nitrogen fertigation in growing vegetables modify soil temperature, water and... •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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Agricultural Water Management Elsevier

Plastic mulch and nitrogen fertigation in growing vegetables modify soil temperature, water and nitrate dynamics: Experimental results and a modeling study

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Elsevier
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Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V.
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0378-3774
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10.1016/j.agwat.2016.04.020
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Abstract

•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.

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Agricultural Water ManagementElsevier

Published: Oct 1, 2016

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