Agricultural Water Management Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Elsevier Masson

Journal description

The journal is concerned with the publication of scientific papers of international significance to the management of agricultural water. The scope includes such diverse aspects as irrigation and drainage of cultivated areas, collection and storage of precipitation water in relation to soil properties and vegetation cover; the role of ground and surface water in nutrient cycling, water balance problems, exploitation and protection of water resources, control of flooding, erosion and desert creep, water quality and pollution both by, and of, agricultural water, effects of land uses on water resources, water for recreation in rural areas, and economic and legal aspects of water use. Basic soil-water-plant relationships will be considered only as far as is relevant to agricultural water management.

Current impact factor: 2.29

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 2.286
2013 Impact Factor 2.333
2012 Impact Factor 2.203
2011 Impact Factor 1.998
2010 Impact Factor 1.782
2009 Impact Factor 2.016
2008 Impact Factor 1.646
2007 Impact Factor 1.388
2006 Impact Factor 1.122
2005 Impact Factor 0.841
2004 Impact Factor 0.835
2003 Impact Factor 0.865
2002 Impact Factor 0.672
2001 Impact Factor 0.526
2000 Impact Factor 0.309
1999 Impact Factor 0.333
1998 Impact Factor 0.273
1997 Impact Factor 0.32
1996 Impact Factor 0.343
1995 Impact Factor 0.341
1994 Impact Factor 0.258
1993 Impact Factor 0.122
1992 Impact Factor 0.291

Impact factor over time

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Additional details

5-year impact 3.02
Cited half-life 6.90
Immediacy index 0.46
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.82
Website Agricultural Water Management website
Other titles Agricultural water management (Online)
ISSN 0378-3774
OCLC 38523106
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

  • Agricultural Water Management 04/2016;
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    ABSTRACT: Water shortage is the main limiting factor for agricultural productivity in many countries and improving water use efficiency in agriculture has been the focus of numerous studies. The usual approach to limit water consumption in agriculture is to apply water quotas and in such a situation farmers should use an irrigation schedule that maximizes the yield and abides to the quota constraints. In contrast to the widespread use of irrigation scheduling based on agronomy practices, irrigation scheduling may be considered as a constrained optimization problem. When drip irrigation is used, the decision variables are the irrigation amounts for each day of the season. The objective function is the expected yield calculated with the use of a model. In the present work we solved this optimization problem for three crops modeled by the model AquaCrop. This optimization problem is non-trivial due to the non-smooth behavior of the objective function and the fact that it involves multiple integer variables. We developed an optimization scheme for generating sub-optimal irrigation schedules that take implicitly into account the response of the crop to water stress, and used these as initial guesses for a full optimization of daily irrigation. Performing this optimization with various values of water quotas produced the function that expresses the relationship between water quota and yield.
    Agricultural Water Management 01/2016; 163:236-243. DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2015.09.011
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    ABSTRACT: Management of canal system for agricultural production is challenging. The work presents GIS based integrated modelling, which integrates soil moisture accounting and irrigation water requirement module, rainfall-runoff module, system loss module and groundwater flow system module. Developed model is employed to evaluate different water management scenarios such as change in rainfall sequence (wet, normal and dry season), change in canal water supply, impact of canal lining and impact of land use changes including their socio-economic implications. The application of model is illustrated with real application in a part of Indo-Gangetic plain of Uttar Pradesh in India. It has been demonstrated that canal water use efficiency in diversion canal systems can be increased up to 58 percent.
    Agricultural Water Management 01/2016; 163:37-47. DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2015.08.025
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    ABSTRACT: The development of tools focused on the management of branched irrigation networks is important for the efficient use of water and energy resources. The objective of this paper is to develop and validate a methodology and an Optimum Regulation of Pumping Stations (ORPS) tool to estimate the pressure head at all the nodes of an irrigation network based on the pressure head at a few strategic nodes of the network that are used for pumping station control. Once the pressure head at all nodes in the network is estimated, the pressure head at the pumping station can be adjusted to supply the exact pressure necessary to ensure the minimum pressure in the most restrictive of the open nodes of the network. This paper is based on the generation of demand scenarios, which aim to represent a whole range of discharges and not only the design discharge. The tool developed with this methodology has been applied in two on-demand irrigation networks with manometric regulation located in Castilla-La Mancha region (Spain). Moreover, in the analyzed irrigation networks, the use of three strategic nodes estimated the pressure of the reminder hydrants highly accurately. Thus, increasing the number of control points would not improve the accuracy of the estimates and would increase the complexity of the automation system. Using the proposed methodology, energy savings of nearly 3-5% were obtained relative to the average energy consumed for manometric regulation.
    Agricultural Water Management 01/2016; 163:48-56. DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2015.09.001
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    ABSTRACT: Furrow irrigation, which can be combined with fertilisation by dissolving solid fertilisers in irrigation water, is the most common practice in vineyards in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, and drip irrigation and fertigation have been employed in some areas. These irrigation methods and their corresponding fertilisation schemes may affect nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from the soil. Therefore, it is important to use a model to simulate differences in N2O emissions and identify farmland management methods that limit N2O emissions. During the July-August 2012 and July-September 2013 growing seasons, the denitrification and decomposition (DNDC) model was tested against experimental N2O emissions data from vineyards in Yuquanying, Yongning, Yinchuan, Ningxia. After model validation, the simulated differences in emissions between furrow irrigation and drip irrigation were 9.86±0.845 and 0.966±0.464kgha-1a-1 in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Thus, the emissions were reduced by approximately 72.5% and 52.4% in 2012 and 2013. In the regional simulation, the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of the annual N2O emission reductions reached 27,749,760±5,489,160kg CO2-equivalents after the vineyards in the Ningxia Autonomous Region were converted from furrow irrigation to drip irrigation. In conclusion, the DNDC model, which proved to be a powerful tool for addressing the efficacy of alternative management practices in vineyards, revealed that N2O emissions can be reduced by adopting drip irrigation systems rather than traditional furrow irrigation systems.
    Agricultural Water Management 01/2016; 163:295-304. DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2015.10.006
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    ABSTRACT: Saline water irrigation represents the future of agriculture in the arid regions of northwestern China. Therefore, saline water irrigation experiments for spring maize were performed for 3 years from 2009 to 2011 in arid regions of northwestern China, and the impact of irrigation with saline water at different concentrations on the water use efficiency and soil salt accumulation was investigated. A SWAP model was calibrated and verified using field experiment data. The relationships of the salt concentration of the irrigation water with the yield and water use efficiency of spring maize were simulated using the SWAP model. Furthermore, the salt transport across the soil layers was quantitatively analyzed. The results showed the following: (1) irrigation with water containing low concentrations of saline (<3. g/L) for 3 consecutive years combined with a single application of fresh spring water before sowing every year did not cause significant changes in the yield of spring maize. (2) Saline water irrigation for 3 consecutive years resulted in an increase in the salt accumulation at a soil depth of 0-100. cm in 2011. This finding indicated that spring irrigation did not completely leach the salt introduced by saline water irrigation. (3) The SWAP simulation indicated that the yield of spring maize declined by 622. kg/ha for every 1. g/L increase in the salt concentration. When the salt concentration of the irrigation water was less than 3. g/L, the yield of the spring maize was reduced by less than 10%, whereas salt concentrations above 3. g/L decreased the yield much more significantly. A simulation over 10 consecutive years of saline water irrigation showed that the spring maize yields of T3, T6 and T9 will reduce by 8%, 33% and 52%, respectively, compared with the yield in 2009. (4) Despite the differences in the salt concentration of irrigation water, the salt residue in the 0-100. cm soil layer due to irrigation with 3. g/L, 6. g/L and 9. g/L saline water accounted for approximately 60% of the total salt in the irrigation water in 2011. The remaining 40% of the salt leached to the soil layer below 100. cm. In conclusion, irrigation with saline water at concentrations below 3. g/L will reduce the yield by no more than 10% compared with fresh water irrigation, but long-term saline water irrigation will result in significant yield losses, even for low concentrations of salt. Thus, the accumulation of salt in the soil after many years of saline water irrigation needs to be addressed by using a proper irrigation schedule in order to ensure the sustainability of saline water irrigation.
    Agricultural Water Management 01/2016; 163:125-138. DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2015.09.012
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    ABSTRACT: This research was developed with the objective of assessing chemical alterations in soil and corn (Zea mays L.) yield (plot area BG 7049H), using Haplic Plinthosol treated with tannery sludge and irrigated with domestic wastewater. Dried and sieved in natura tannery sludge was added to the soil in concentrations of 9 Mgha-1 and 18 Mgha-1. Pots kept in a protected environment during 150 days were used in the experiment. The treatment arrangement consisted of a 2×6 factorial-two irrigation types and six fertilization treatments in completely randomized design (CRD), with 5 repetitions. By the end of the experiment, the total ear weight, 100-grain weight and productivity, were assessed. Additionally, soil samples of each experimental unit were collected for determination of pH and K, Ca, Mg and Cu concentrations. The results showed that the 9 and 18 Mgha-1 doses, plus irrigation with domestic wastewater, caused an increase in pH and P, K, Mg and Ca concentrations, which attested increased soil fertility. On the other hand, the application of such doses, even if together with irrigation with wastewater, did not promote a yield of the corn culture equivalent to that obtained with mineral fertilizers. New studies using tannery sludge together with wastewater or other organic substrates are recommended, in order to offer to rural producers the opportunity to use relatively small doses of tannery sludge, so that the reuse of such residues become viable from the economical, agricultural and environmental points of view.
    Agricultural Water Management 01/2016; 163:212-218. DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2015.09.018
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    ABSTRACT: This study evaluated the capacity of high relative humidity associated with K+ supply in mitigating harmful effects caused by salt stress on physiological parameters of Jatropha curcas plants. The plants were subjected to four different treatments (K0Na0, K0Na1, K1Na0 and K1Na1) and two different levels of humidity, low (40%) and high (80%), in chamber growth conditions. The plants' growth was higher under conditions of high relative humidity when compared to low humidity in all the treatments studied. The CO2 assimilation rate, transpiration and stomatal conductance were stimulated by high humidity independently of treatments of K+ and Na+. The Na+ concentration in the shoots was more elevated in plants treated with NaCl when compared to NaCl-free plants. On the other hand, the shoots' K+ concentration was highly stimulated in the presence of K+ ions, especially in combination with high relative humidity (RH). The shoots' Na+ transport rate was strongly stimulated by a combination of 50mM NaCl+40% RH when compared to high humidity. Conversely, the shoots' K+ transport was significantly higher in plants when they were supplied with K+ and exposed to high relative humidity. In the roots, the transport rate of Na+ presented a similar pattern to that found in the shoot. However, surprisingly, K+ transport rate was increased in plants supplied with K+ and 40% RH in NaCl absence. The plants exposed to low relative humidity showed lower K+/Na+ ratios than plants exposed to 80% RH both in shoots and roots. In addition, the shoots and roots selectivity (K,Na) was strongly stimulated in plants exposed to high humidity when compared to low humidity. In conclusion, the combined effects of high relative humidity and a supply of K+ were able to improve the growth, the leaf gas exchange and ionic homeostasis of J. curcas plants.
    Agricultural Water Management 01/2016; 163:255-262. DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2015.09.027
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    ABSTRACT: In the case of indirect wastewater reuse, which accounts for most of the wastewater reuse for agricul-ture, the influence of effluent from a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) on irrigation water should beassessed prior to analyzing the effects of indirect wastewater reuse on soil-plant systems and agricul-tural environments. The objective of this study was to assess the effects of indirect wastewater reuse onirrigation water for paddy fields using the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) model in a wastewa-ter reused watershed in Korea. The model was calibrated and validated using four years (2010–2013) ofhydrological and water quality data from the same watershed before the assessment. The model exhib-ited good performance for predicting daily streamflow, suspended solids (SS) and total nitrogen (T–N)loads from the calibration and validation procedures using statistical and graphical model evaluation.The verified model and historical weather data from 1981 to 2010 (30 years) were used to assess theeffects of considering the effluent discharge from a WWTP. Effluent discharge was assessed as an impor-tant alternative for emergency agricultural water, as it largely contributes to available irrigation waterfor paddy fields during the drought season. Effluent discharge was also evaluated as a significant impacton irrigation water quality because the exceedance probability for a tolerable concentration and a waterquality standard for T–N concentration increased more than 60 and 40%, respectively, due to its influence.The amount of wastewater reuse for indirect reuse was found to account for 27% of the total agriculturalwater supply using the reuse ratio proposed as an intuitive criterion to quantify the degree of influenceof indirect wastewater reuse on stream water irrigation.
    Agricultural Water Management 01/2016; DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2015.08.018
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    ABSTRACT: The marked reduction in infiltration rate caused by formation of a soil seal due to water droplets impact on gypsifereous soil surface is a well-known phenomenon, but is rarely considered in infiltration models, especially under center-pivot irrigation systems. A simple empirical model based on the Kostiakov equation was developed. The model was applied to center-pivot irrigation system for soils with different gypsum contents [60.0 (G1), 137.6 (G2), 275.2 (G3), 314.2 (G4), and 486.0 (G5) gkg-1] under two sprinkler application rates (84.6mmh-1 for R3000 red-plate sprinkler and 47.3mmh-1 for R3000 orange-plate sprinkler) and eight successive irrigation events. The impacts of sprinkler droplets kinetic energy as well as specific power on soil surface sealing were evaluated also. A good agreement (P<0.05) between the measured and predicted infiltration rate values was obtained.
    Agricultural Water Management 01/2016; 163:66-74. DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2015.09.006
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    ABSTRACT: Despite of the great advancement of technologies for water supply, irrigation management remains inadequate in most areas. The lack of basic information on crop water needs is one of the causes for inadequate water use and irrigation management. The approach normally used to quantify the consumptive use of water by irrigated crops is the crop coefficient-reference evapotranspiration (Kc ETo) procedure. In this procedure, reference evapotranspiration (ETo) is computed for a grass or alfalfa reference crop and is then multiplied by an empirical crop coefficient (Kc) to produce an estimate of crop evapotranspiration (ETc). The ETo represents the non-stressed ET based on weather data. We selected three experiments with different crops in terms of physiology and planting arrangements to discuss the crop coefficient paradigm and its relation with reference evapotranspiration for highly canopy-atmosphere coupled crops. We found the Kc decreasing as ETo increased as a consequence of high plant atmosphere coupling and high crop inner resistance, which limits the amount of water the plant could supply to the atmosphere. Even for sugarcane plantation (after it completely covered the ground) Kc decreased with ETo, highlighting that trend might not be exclusive of tall sparse crops and for well coupled to the atmosphere. For these reasons, we suggested the definition of Kcb (for sparse crops) and Kc should take into account ETo ranges besides the components currently considered.
    Agricultural Water Management 01/2016; 163:139-145. DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2015.09.010
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    ABSTRACT: The shortage of high-quality water resources has become a major limiting factor for agricultural development in China, leading to the use of low-quality water resources (e.g., saline water) for crop irrigation. However, irrigation with low-quality water often results in negative effects on plant growth. We conducted an experiment under greenhouse conditions carried out over two growing seasons to investigate the effects of straw biological-reactor (SBR) application on soil properties, cucumber growth, and fruit yield and quality under saline (NaCl) water irrigation. Soils were treated with/without SBR, saline water and their combination. In general, under non-SBR conditions, soils irrigated with saline water showed significantly higher salinity, Na+ concentration and pH in the main root zone (0-40cm) of cucumber, but significantly lower plant biomass and cucumber fruit yield, when compared to soils irrigated with non-saline water. However, under saline water irrigation conditions, soils treated with SBR showed significantly lower salinity, Na+ concentration and pH in the main root zone of cucumber, and significantly higher plant biomass and cucumber fruit yield, when compared to untreated soils. Additionally, saline water irrigation decreased total soluble sugars, titratable acidity and vitamin C in cucumber fruit. In contrast, the negative effects of saline water on fruit quality were significantly reduced by SBR application. Our results suggested that the application of SBR could not only enhance plant growth, but also improve fruit quality under saline water irrigation.
    Agricultural Water Management 01/2016; 163:169-179. DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2015.09.021