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Optimal Management of Solar Powered Mini-pivots for High Value Crops

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Paper number  MBSK 06-110,  ASABE/CSBE North Central Intersectional Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.22361) @2006
Authors:   Evan Boyd Derdall, Terrance A Fonstad
Keywords:   Cabbage, Efficiency, Energy Requirements, Irrigation, Irrigation Scheduling, Management, Optimal, Photovoltaic Cells, Soil Water Content, Solar Energy, Vegetables, Water Use Efficiency

The objective of this project is to develop an optimum management practice for irrigation of vegetable crops utilizing a solar powered mini-pivot while understanding the systems operational capabilities. The resultant irrigation management practice will look at altering water application rates, center pivot run-speed and sprinkler nozzle layout while maintaining a soil water content of 60 - 70 percent of field capacity, optimum for most vegetable crops (SAF 2005). The resulting management practices should aid vegetable producers throughout Saskatchewan as the popularity of the new technology of solar power irrigation increases.

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