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Envisioning The Next Generation Of Irrigation Schedulers

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

Citation:  5th National Decennial Irrigation Conference Proceedings, 5-8 December 2010, Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona USA  IRR10-9831.(doi:10.13031/2013.35836)
Authors:   Charles C Hillyer, Peter Robinson
Keywords:   Irrigation Scheduling, Deficit Irrigation, Irrigation Optimization, Survey

Many regions in North America are experiencing water shortages, and these conditions are expected to worsen. The next generation of irrigation scheduling applications must therefore be capable of providing operational advice in support of deficit irrigation strategies. However, the theoretical, technical, and practical challenges associated with deficit irrigation scheduling are far more complex than conventional (full) irrigation. This paper will outline key challenges that the next generation of schedulers must overcome in order to meet the needs of agricultural irrigation in an increasingly water short future. In addition, the paper will discuss how irrigation advisory programs will need to operate differently in terms of what they do and how they do it.

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