Field Comparison of Irrigation Scheduling of Tomato (Lycopersicon Esculentum)
This study of Field Comparison of Irrigation Scheduling of Tomato (Lycopersicon Esculentum) was conducted to determine the response of Tomato plant to water stress from three irrigation schedules, viz: daily irrigation, irrigation at 3- days interval and irrigation at 5-days interval. The water use of the three irrigation schedules for tomato plant was determined using the water balance method. The maximum evapotranspiration for treatments occurred between the 3rd week after planting to the 5th week after planting. Water use efficiency was also highest in irrigation treatment T1 (Daily irrigation) than other treatments. Analysis of variance showed that there were significant differences in the yield at the 5% level among the three treatments. However, the highest biomass yield and fruit yield were observed in irrigation treatment T1. This may be due to increased vegetative growth in treatment T1. The lower yield in irrigation treatment T2 and T3 could be associated with moisture stress which affected the plant at fruiting stage. The result of this study is useful in designing effective irrigation scheduling for Tomato production.
Prof. A.O. Akii Ibhadode, A.I. Igbafe and B.U. Anyata
C.S. Okoli "Field Comparison of Irrigation Scheduling of Tomato (Lycopersicon Esculentum)", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 62-64, pp. 263-272, 2009