Drip and furrow irrigation of fresh market tomatoes on a slowly permeable soil: Tomatoes: Part 2. water relations
D. W. Grimes, San Joaquin Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center
V. H. Schweers, San Joaquin Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center
P. L. Wiley, University of California
California Agriculture 30(2):11-13. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v030n02p11.
Frequent furrow irrigation of fresh market tomatoes, on a sandy loam soil, caused the soil surface to seal, greatly restricting water penetration into the plant root zone. Water penetration in furrows was adequate throughout the season if the frequency of irrigation was lowered. A drip irrigation system maintains not only a desirable soil moisture distribution, but also the cultural advantage of a dry surface area for foot traffic of harvesters that improves their efficiency and reduces soil compaction.
The assistance of personnel at the Lindcove Field Station.is gratefully acknowledged