Deficit Irrigation

Farmlands

Authored by: Ali Zahraei , Sara Saadati , Saeid Eslamian

Handbook of Drought and Water Scarcity

Print publication date:  July  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781498731003
eBook ISBN: 9781315226774
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781315226774-16

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Abstract

Lack of water is one of the biggest challenges to implementing sustainable development, especially in the agricultural sector. If appropriate strategies are not adopted for water resource management, it will be difficult for societies to create an adequate food supply. Despite limited water resources in many areas of the world, irrigation practices still disregard principles of resource conservation and sustainability, and practices of irrigation management need to maximize efficiency. Water consumption savings can be realized by changes in irrigation management and agriculture. In this chapter, we study the use of the deficit irrigation technique as an effective method for irrigation management, one that justifies and determines minimum water consumption with acceptable and economic performance. This chapter focuses on theoretical and practical analysis of the use of the deficit irrigation method for irrigation scheduling. We hope the contents of this chapter play a role in improving water resource management in agriculture.

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