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Tobacco Irrigation: Supplemental Watering of a High Value, Drought Tolerant Crop in a Humid Region

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

Citation:  Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 26(1): 39-46. (doi: 10.13031/2013.29473) @2010
Authors:   E. F. Caldwell, B. G. Leib, J. R. Buchanan
Keywords:   Burley tobacco, Dark Fired tobacco, Drip irrigation, Irrigation scheduling, Cost-benefit

A five-year field experiment was conducted to assess the potential benefits of tobacco irrigation during the rapid growth stage of development. This experiment was conducted from 2000-2004 at Springfield, Tennessee, in a Dickson fine-silty loam. Dark Fire-cured (TN D950) and Burley (TN 90) tobacco were grown. Historically, average rainfall at this location is sufficient to meet tobacco water demand. During this study, two growing seasons were above average, one season was average, while two were below average in total precipitation.

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