Water and nutrient productivity in melon crop by fertigation under subsurface drip irrigation and mulching in contrasting soils
Camara Monteiro, R.O.; Coelho, R.D.; Camara Monteiro, P.F.
Ciencia Rural 44(1): 25-30
ISSN/ISBN: 0103-8478 DOI: 10.1590/s0103-84782013005000151
Cropping intensification and technical, economic and environmental issues require efficient application of production factors to maintain the soil productive capacity and produce good quality fruits and vegetables. The production factors, water and NPK nutrients, are the most frequent limiting factors to higher melon yields. The objective of the present study was to identify the influence of subsurface drip irrigation and mulching in a protected environment on the water and NPK nutrients productivity in melon cropped in two soil types: sandy loam and clay. The melon crop cultivated under environmental conditions with underground drip irrigation at 0.20m depth, with mulching on sandy loam soil increased water and N, P2O5 and K use efficiency.