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Standardization of the Dimensions of a Portable Weighing Lysimeter Designed to Be Applied to Vegetable Crops in Mediterranean Climates

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Agromotic Engineering and the Sea Research Group, Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, 30202 Cartagena, Spain
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Department of Structures, Construction and Graphic Expression, Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, 30202 Cartagena, Spain
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Engineering Department, Universidad Miguel Hernandez, 03312 Alicante, Spain
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Irrigation Department, Centre for Applied Soil Science and Biology of the Segura (CEBAS), of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Campus Universitario de Espinardo, Espinardo, 30100 Murcia, Spain
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Sustainability 2021, 13(4), 2210; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042210
Received: 2 February 2021 / Revised: 13 February 2021 / Accepted: 15 February 2021 / Published: 18 February 2021
The progress made in developing information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the fact that water resources are becoming increasingly scarce make precision agriculture a very valuable tool for efficient and sustainable crop management, particularly for irrigation and fertilisation. In line with this, the water balance estimate is considered one of the most accurate methods for estimating crops’ water requirements. The Agromotic Engineering and Sea Research Group of the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (Spain) has worked in this direction to obtain portable weighing lysimeters with improved functions compared to traditional measurement systems. This study analysed the most important vegetable crops in south-eastern Spain to standardise suitable dimensions so that these portable weighing lysimeters can monitor practically all of today’s vegetable and herbaceous crops in Mediterranean climates. The dimensions established for the cultivation tank are 150 cm long, 45 cm wide, and 50 cm deep, with an equipment resolution of up to 0.09 mm expressed as water lamina. The validation over seven irrigation events established that the structural system achieved here allows precise monitoring of the water exchanges produced in the cultivation tank, so this portable weighing lysimeter can be useful for the efficient management of fertigation. View Full-Text
Keywords: vegetable crops; precision agriculture; water balance; weighing lysimeter; sustainable fertigation management vegetable crops; precision agriculture; water balance; weighing lysimeter; sustainable fertigation management
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Soler-Méndez, M.; Parras-Burgos, D.; Mas-Espinosa, E.; Ruíz-Canales, A.; Intrigliolo, D.S.; Molina-Martínez, J.M. Standardization of the Dimensions of a Portable Weighing Lysimeter Designed to Be Applied to Vegetable Crops in Mediterranean Climates. Sustainability 2021, 13, 2210. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042210

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Soler-Méndez M, Parras-Burgos D, Mas-Espinosa E, Ruíz-Canales A, Intrigliolo DS, Molina-Martínez JM. Standardization of the Dimensions of a Portable Weighing Lysimeter Designed to Be Applied to Vegetable Crops in Mediterranean Climates. Sustainability. 2021; 13(4):2210. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042210

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Soler-Méndez, Manuel, Dolores Parras-Burgos, Estefanía Mas-Espinosa, Antonio Ruíz-Canales, Diego S. Intrigliolo, and José M. Molina-Martínez 2021. "Standardization of the Dimensions of a Portable Weighing Lysimeter Designed to Be Applied to Vegetable Crops in Mediterranean Climates" Sustainability 13, no. 4: 2210. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042210

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