Potato growth and irrigation scheduling

Image result for potato irrigationAll plants vary in their water requirements according to their size and growth stage as well as the length of their maturity and time of year of maximum growth. Possibly no other major crop varies more in its sensitivity to water stress based on growth stage than potato. In this insightful article, written by potato specialists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, irrigation recommendations at key production periods are discussed (based on the S-shaped growth curves of roots, vines and tubers); and quality effects of water deficit and excess during different growth stages of a typical potato crop are described. The specialists further summarize the effects of low and high soil moisture during the tuber bulking and maturation stages of crop growth. More