What is it about?

The application of fertilizers and water through an irrigation system requires a consideration of plant needs, soil properties and technological requirements of the fertigation system. The basic element is the water quality. The higher the plant requirements and the technologically advanced system, the higher are the quality demands. Unfortunately, recommendations from different researchers are divergent.

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Why is it important?

For soilless culture fertigation in an open system, the maximum ion concentrations in water cannot exceed the recommended ones in the nutrient solution for the given plant. Also, the EC value should be taken into consideratio. Water quality requirements for soilless culture are more stringent than for soil crops.


Precision agriculture techniques require more attention to the water quality. At the same time, due to the lack of rainfall caused by climate change, we have to use the poor quality water. How to reconcile these conflicting problems? Read this article.

Wlodzimierz Breś
Poznan University of Life Sciences

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This page is a summary of: Quality of water used for drip irrigation and fertigation of horticultural plants, Folia Horticulturae, January 2010, De Gruyter,
DOI: 10.2478/fhort-2013-0161.
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