Agricultural Water and Fertilizer Management for Crop Production

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Nutrition".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 July 2023) | Viewed by 5221

Special Issue Editors

E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
College of agricultural science and engineering, Hohai University, Nanjing, China
Interests: irrigation drainage theory and water-saving technology; water and land resource planning and management; water and soil conservation and desertification control; land and water planning and management for crop production

E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Plant Physiology Laboratory, Crop Science Department, Agricultural University of Athens, Lera Odos 75, 11855 Athens, Greece
Interests: plant physiology; plant nutrition physiology; sulfur physiology; sulfur nutrition; sulfur use effi-ciency; fertilization with sulfur-containing fertilizers; sulfur interactions with iron, nitrogen, and phosphorus, focusing on graminaceous species
Special Issues, Collections and Topics in MDPI journals

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With the steady growth in global food demand, food security is an important topic of concern. This is especially true in the current context, with the uncertainty of climate change, war, epidemics, etc. Field management methods, such as soil amendment, irrigation, drainage and fertilization, are significantly conducive to crop growth and increase crop yield. As the relationship between field management and crop productivity is not usually linear, the impacts of input and output, non-point source pollution and carbon emissions need to be comprehensively coordinated. Therefore, elucidating the mechanism of field management to improve crop productivity not only represents a compelling research topic, but could also have a positive impact on future food security and intelligent agricultural production. The way in which field management affects comprehensive crop productivity is a timely topic, and one that is extensively explored in this Special Issue. We welcome both critical review articles and original research articles. Potential topics could include, but are not limited to, the following: soil amendment; irrigation and drainage; fertilization optimization; crop comprehensive production; and crop growth simulation.

Prof. Dr. Guangcheng Shao
Prof. Dr. Dimitrios L. Bouranis
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Plants is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • soil amendment
  • irrigation and drainage
  • fertilization optimization
  • crop comprehensive production
  • crop growth simulation

Published Papers (1 paper)

Order results
Result details
Select all
Export citation of selected articles as:


21 pages, 3349 KiB  
Yield and Grain Quality of Common Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) Depending on the Different Farming Systems (Organic vs. Integrated vs. Conventional)
by Katarzyna Mitura, Grażyna Cacak-Pietrzak, Beata Feledyn-Szewczyk, Tomasz Szablewski and Marcin Studnicki
Plants 2023, 12(5), 1022; - 23 Feb 2023
Cited by 18 | Viewed by 4895
Genotype (cultivar), soil and climatic conditions, the agrotechnology used, and the interaction of the factors mentioned play a key role in the yield and quality of wheat grain. Currently, the European Union recommends the balanced use of mineral fertilisers and plant protection products [...] Read more.
Genotype (cultivar), soil and climatic conditions, the agrotechnology used, and the interaction of the factors mentioned play a key role in the yield and quality of wheat grain. Currently, the European Union recommends the balanced use of mineral fertilisers and plant protection products in agricultural production (integrated production) or the use of only natural production methods (organic production). The aim of the study was to compare the yield and grain quality of four spring common wheat cultivars Harenda, Kandela, Mandaryna, and Serenada, grown under three farming systems: organic (ORG), integrated (INT), and conventional (CONV). A three-year field experiment was conducted between 2019 and 2021 at the Osiny Experimental Station (Poland, 51°27′ N; 22°2′ E). The results showed that significantly the highest wheat grain yield (GY) was obtained at INT, while the lowest was obtained at ORG. The physicochemical and rheological characteristics of the grain were significantly influenced by the cultivar factor and, with the exception of 1000 grain weight (TGW) and ash content (AC), by the farming system. There were also numerous interactions between the cultivar and farming systems, which suggests different performances of cultivars and, in fact, that some cultivars are better or worse suited to different production systems. The exceptions were protein content (PC) and falling number (FN), which were significantly highest in grain with CONV and lowest in grain with ORG farming systems. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Agricultural Water and Fertilizer Management for Crop Production)
Show Figures

Figure 1

Back to TopTop