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By Ajai Singh

Drip Irrigation procedure is now a longtime approach to irrigation in water scarce parts however it is additionally gaining value in water considerable components. during this know-how, the cropped box is irrigated within the shut area of root area of crop. It reduces water loss taking place via evaporation, conveyance and distribution. as a result excessive water use potency will be accomplished.

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The effect of soil properties is represented by its porosity and saturated hydraulic conductivity. • The value of porosity equals the value of saturated moisture content. 6)  ρ  p   where, n = porosity of the soil θs = Moisture content at 0 bars ρb = bulk density of the soil (measured) ρp = particle density of the soil It was considered that wetted radius and wetted depth of soil volume depends upon certain variables. 8) where, r = wetted radius K = soil hydraulic conductivity n = soil porosity qw = application rate Vw = volume of water applied z = depth of wetted zone.

These parameters are used to calculate the weight of soil of a certain area to a depth where the active rooting zone of the crop is developed and estimate the reserves available nutrients for the crop. The appearance, growth and depth to which roots penetrate in soils are in part species properties. For drip irrigated greenhouse vegetables like tomato, cucumber, and capsicum, the wetted soil volume is usually 30-50% of total soil volume. The fraction of soil occupied by roots must be taken into account whenever the amount of available nutrients is calculated; otherwise the available amounts could be overestimated.

Implementing a fertigation program, the actual water and nutrient requirements of the crops, together with a uniform distribution of both water and nutrients, are very important parameters. Crop water requirements are the most critical link between irrigation and a good fertigation. The amount of irrigation water for entire growing season must be precisely estimated under the prevailing climatic conditions of the region under consideration. The main elements for formulating and evaluating the fertigation program are crop nutrient requirement, nutrients availability in the soil, the volume of soil occupied by the crop rooting system and the irrigation method.

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