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OSIRI: A simple decision-making tool for monitoring irrigation of small farms in heterogeneous environments

Abstract : A new decision-making software tool for sprinkler or drip irrigation scheduling and monitoring, was developed at the request of small scale sugarcane (Saccharum spp.) farmers in Reunion Island (France) facing variable climate and soil conditions. Based on a simple water balance simulation model coupled with a comprehensive set of decisions rules, OSIRI was designed to provide farmers with targeted advices on discrete units of irrigation and for simulating scenarios of irrigation systems to optimize their performance. An optional procedure of direct adjustment by farmers and a system of controlled irrigation rationing are proposed. To meet the producer needs, the number of input parameters is adapted to the rather limited data availability, and the recommendation sheet is user-friendly oriented. Field data confirmed that OSIRI simulates very reasonably well actual evapotranspiration and drainage below the sugarcane root zone. Also, OSIRI allowed to save about 30% of irrigation delivery on a 140-day period as compared to the currently used crop water requirement method (respectively, 165 and 240 mm of water), without significant decrease in yield (respectively, 102 and 101 T ha−1).
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Jean-Louis Chopart, Mickael Mézino, Frederic Aure, Lionel Le Mézo, M. Mete, et al.. OSIRI: A simple decision-making tool for monitoring irrigation of small farms in heterogeneous environments. Agricultural Water Management, Elsevier Masson, 2007, 87 (2), pp.128 à 138. ⟨10.1016/j.agwat.2006.06.023⟩. ⟨insu-00386808⟩

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