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Fertigation - Injecting soluble fertilizers into the irrigation system

Landis, Thomas D.; Pinto, Jeremy R.; Davis, Anthony S. 2009. Fertigation - Injecting soluble fertilizers into the irrigation system. In: Dumroese, R. Kasten; Landis, Tom D., eds. Forest Nursery Notes, Volume 29, Issue 2. Lincoln, NE: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, National Agroforestry Center. p. 4-13.

Fertigation (fertilization + irrigation) is the newest way for nursery managers to apply fertilizer, and has become a standard practice in container nurseries. Because of the inherent inefficient water distribution patterns in field irrigation systems, fertigation has not been widely used in bareroot nurseries. However, a bareroot nursery with a center-pivot irrigation system has successfully used fertigation (Triebwasser and Altsuler 1995), and other nurseries have applied soluble fertilizer through a tractor -drawn sprayer. Compared to traditional fertilization with dry, granular fertilizers, spray application of soluble fertilizer solutions was faster, more uniform and accurate, and easier to calibrate (Triebwasser 2004).

Keywords: fertigation, fertilizer injectors, irrigation water

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Electronic Publish Date: December 2, 2010
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