Water Use and Irrigation Management of Agronomic Crops
Flowers and inflorescences of 'Bloomify Red' lantana grown outdoors in ground beds in full sun in Florida. Figure 2 from publication EP544/EP544: ‘Bloomify™ Red’ and ‘Bloomify™ Rose’, Two Infertile Lantana camara Cultivars for Production and Use in Florida. Credit: UF/IFAS.


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irrigation management
water use efficiency


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Wright, D.L., D. Rowland, and M.J. Mulvaney. (2002) 2017. “Water Use and Irrigation Management of Agronomic Crops: SS-AGR-155/AA131, Rev. 11/2017”. EDIS 2017 (5). Gainesville, FL. https://doi.org/10.32473/edis-aa131-2002.


In order to achieve optimal yields in agronomic crops, it is imperative to maintain plants under minimal water stress. While responses to water deficits vary among different crops, the quantity of water utilized closely correlates with both vegetative growth and grain yield. Effective irrigation management aims to reduce water loss through runoff, deep percolation, and evaporation, while maximizing the portion of irrigation water allocated to crop transpiration. This document provides overarching guidelines for the efficient irrigation management of various agronomic crops in Florida.

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