Optimisation of water and nitrogen in irrigated permanent meadows in the province of Reggio Emilia

Vincenzo Tabaglio, Marco Ligabue, Elena Bortolazzo, Roberto Davolio

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Abstract

Permanent meadows located in the provinces of Parma and Reggio Emilia (Northern Italy) are extremely important for the production of Parmigiano – Reggiano cheese. Traditionally, this crop is irrigated by means of flood irrigation. In recent years, the reduced availability of irrigation water has meant that it has become necessary to optimise water use for crops with high irrigation requirements like permanent meadows. The purpose of this research was to evaluate the possibility of using the sprinkling method to optimise irrigation. The influence of nitrogen fertilisation has also been studied over a three year period, to verify the environmental effects of the different irrigation methods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-130
Number of pages2
JournalItalian Journal of Agronomy
Volume3
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • N fertilization
  • concimazione azotata
  • efficienza d'uso dell'acqua
  • efficienza d'uso dell'azoto
  • foraggicoltura
  • grassland
  • irrigation
  • irrigazione
  • nitrati nel suolo
  • nitrogen use efficiency
  • soil nitrate
  • water use efficiency

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