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Micro irrigation on rice with dripping wings every 80 cm and emitters with every 30 cm for having uniform water application.Use of soil moisture probes as decision support. 15 ha equipped.
Six soil moisture probes installed and used for automated water application.
It allowed to crop rice in marginal fields, even without water.
Moreover, Carnaroli rice cropped by the farm is sensitive to fungi and sprinkler irrigation was then not suitable (since wet leaves could develop fungi). Drip irrigation is then better.
Reduction of 60% of water demand, and of eventual expenses for water.
Possibility of cultivating rice in soils adequate only to lower value.
Communication of the technique for marketing.
Higher production costs.
Can induce non-homogeneous water application at the field scale.
Potential problems if the water has fine sediment dissolved.
Problems given by parasite plants that grow because the field is not flooded.
“Apply a lot water in the early stages of the crop, since the root system has to develop adequately”
“Never let the soil dry, if the soils dry and it gets compacted (especially if the soil is heavy) it is difficult to reach a good water application after”
“Pest should be managed according to the phenological stage, that has a different timing with respect to the flooded rice. So the pest management should be ad-hoc and not based on the traditional timing”
“We made a test in 2020 with fertigation by applying less water, but it was unsuccessful”
“System automation can be a drawback if it is not working properly, and if it is not working it is better to go without”
The technology is sustainable if the farm is not only producing rice but also transforming it.
With the technology proposed, the rice can be cropped in marginal lands. Rice is much more valuable than all the other crops that you can usually cropped in these areas (e.g. maize)
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