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Asian Journal of Agricultural Research
  Year: 2010 | Volume: 4 | Issue: 4 | Page No.: 196-203
DOI: 10.3923/ajar.2010.196.203
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Effect of Irrigation Interval on Growth and Development of Tomato under Sprinkler

P.O. Boamah, L.K. Sam-Amoah and J.D. Owusu-Sekyere

This research was conducted to determine the performance of two sprinkler heads and to use one of them to determine suitable irrigation interval for the optimum growth and yield of tomatoes. Technical evaluation of sprinkler system performance was done using the sprinkler heads, i.e., LEGO and AGROS and Parameters measured and their values for them were, respectively: Coefficient of Uniformity (CU), 98.05±0.21 and 99.20±0.13, Distribution Uniformity (DU) 17.00±3.00 and 57.67±5.51, Scheduling Coefficient (SC), 6.00±1.00 and 1.87±0.23, precipitation rate, 7.87±0.38 and 8.00±0.00, operating pressure, 0.18±0.25 and 0.18±0.01, Radius of throw, 0.53±0.06 and 0.53±0.06, Deep Percolation Ratio (DPR), 0.46±0.01 and 0.61±0.18, Depth of water, 5.69±01.0 and 5.93±0.18. AGROS performed better than LEGO in most parameters determined. Four irrigation intervals; one day (T1), 3 days (T2), 5 days (3) and 7 days (T4) were used. Tomato plants under T1 had a significantly higher stem diameter (2.85), fruit mass (45.00), fruit length (5.3), flower number (2.781), than those under the other treatments. Irrigation intervals of a day (T1) lead to the best growth and development of tomatoes.
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P.O. Boamah, L.K. Sam-Amoah and J.D. Owusu-Sekyere, 2010. Effect of Irrigation Interval on Growth and Development of Tomato under Sprinkler. Asian Journal of Agricultural Research, 4: 196-203.

DOI: 10.3923/ajar.2010.196.203






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