Interaction of different irrigation strategies and soil textures on the nitrogen uptake of field grown potatoes

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S.H. Ahmadi, M.N. Andersen, P.E. Lærke, Finn Plauborg, A.R. Sepaskhah, Christian Richardt Jensen, Søren Hansen

Nitrogen (N) uptake (kg ha-1) of field-grown potatoes was measured in 4.32 m2 lysimeters that
were filled with coarse sand, loamy sand, and sandy loam and subjected to full (FI), deficit (DI), and
partial root-zone drying (PRD) irrigation strategies. PRD and DI as water-saving irrigation treatments
received 65% of FI after tuber bulking and lasted for six weeks until final harvest. Results showed
that the irrigation treatments were not significantly different in terms of N uptake in the tubers, shoot,
and whole crop. However, there was a statistical difference between the soil textures where plants in
the loamy sand had the highest amount of N uptake. The interaction between irrigation treatments and
soil textures was significant, and implied that under non-limiting water conditions, loamy sand is the
suitable soil for potato production because plants can take up sufficient amounts of N and it could
potentially lead to higher yield. However, under limited water conditions and applying water-saving
irrigation strategies, sandy loam and coarse sand are better growth media because N is more available
for the potatoes. The simple yield prediction model was developed that could explains ca. 96% of the
variations of fresh tuber yield based on the plant evapotranspiration (ET) and N uptake in the tuber or
whole crop.







Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Plant Production
Volume5
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)263-274
Number of pages11
ISSN1735-6814
Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Research areas

  • LIFE - potato, nitrogen uptake, partial root-zone drying irrigation, deficit irrigation, full irrigation, soil texture

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