José Maria Faci

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Fertilizers are commonly dissolved in border irrigation water. However, there are no available procedures for the proper design and management of surface fertigation. A series of experiments was conducted to determine the uniformity of fertilizer application under varying inflow discharges and fertilizer application times in blocked-end borders. Results(More)
A field experiment was performed to study the effect of the space and time variability of water application on maize (Zea mays) yield when irrigated by a solid set sprinkler system. A solid set sprinkler irrigation layout, typical of the new irrigation developments in the Ebro basin of Spain, was considered. Analyses were performed (1) to study the(More)
Irrigation with moderately saline waters may provoke soil salinization and sodification. The objectives of this three-year study were (1) to quantify these processes in two seedless table grapevines (Vitis vinifera cvs. Autumn Royal and Crimson) subject to a full irrigation and two regulated deficit irrigations (RDI, irrigated at 80% and 60% of net(More)
The quantification of transpiration and corresponding basal crop coefficients is crucial for appropriate irrigation scheduling of drip-irrigated crops. Besides basal crop coefficients already published, there is the announcing need for setting values for the new growing practices such as cropping under netting. In this paper, measurements of unstressed(More)
A comparative study of two types of spray sprinklers was performed. Rotating spray plate sprinklers (RSPS) and fixed spray plate sprinklers (FSPS) were evaluated individually in open field conditions. The water distribution, wind drift and evaporation losses during the evaluations were measured under low, medium and high wind speed conditions with three(More)
The development of a coupled crop model (Ador-Crop) and solid set sprinkler irrigation model (Ador-Sprinkler) is reported in this work. The crop model incorporates many of the features developed in the well-known CropWat model. Improvements include the use of thermal time and the input of daily ET0. The solid set sprinkler model applies ballistic theory to(More)
Gross sprinkler evaporation losses (SELg) can be large and decrease irrigation application efficiency. However, it is not universally established how much of the SELg contributes to decrease the crop evapotranspiration during the sprinkler irrigation and how much are the net sprinkler losses (SELn). The components of SEL were the wind drift and evaporation(More)
The analysis of water management in irrigated districts is highly relevant. The present work highlights the principal irrigation management problems of the irrigation district of AlmudeÂvar, a representative surface irrigation district located in the northeast of Spain. The predominant irrigation system is blocked-end borders. The study included three(More)
In this work, applications of the coupled solid set sprinkler irrigation and crop model AdorSim introduced in the companion paper are presented. The sprinkler irrigation model is based on ballistic theory, while the crop model is based on CropWat. AdorSim was used to evaluate the effect of sprinkler spacing on seasonal irrigation water use (WU) and crop(More)
The spatial variability of irrigation water recharge and crop yield is affected by a number of factors. Soil surface elevation, infiltration and soil water MAD are the most relevant related to level-basin irrigation. Measurements of soil water recharge (using a neutron probe) were compared to estimates based on ring infiltrometers and observations of the(More)