Agricultural Water Management (AGR WATER MANAGE)

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

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 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

Impact factor

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

  • No preview · Article · Apr 2016 · Agricultural Water Management
  • A. Velmurugan · T.P. Swarnam · S.K. Ambast · Navneet Kumar

    No preview · Article · Apr 2016 · Agricultural Water Management
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    ABSTRACT: Rainwater conservation on watershed basis is key to controlling land degradation and ensuring sustainable high yields in Eritrea, which has only 17.2% land potentially available for agriculture. Study was undertaken in 4.29 ha watershed (slope <1–33%) at Hamelmalo with a mission to store entire rainwater as soil water through adoption of soil conservation measures. Measurements were made of slope, runoff, soil loss, gullies and basic soil properties. Based on slope, watershed land was divided into block A (1.32 ha; slope ≤1%), block B (0.89 ha; slope >12–33%) and block C (2.08 ha; slope >1–12%). Runoff was measured for 2 years from 30 m2 plots on 3, 6 and 9% slopes using a 10 slot runoff divisor placed at the outlet. Soil loss was determined by drying part of the storm runoff. About 80–90% of the rainfall exceeding 20 mm was being lost as runoff from 9% slope. Weighted average runoff from the watershed was 66% of the rainfall, which reduced to zero after development. Soil loss was 42.4 t ha−1 year−1 on 3% slope and 268.6 t ha−1 year−1 on 9% slope. Soil was stony loamy sand in block A, gravelly loamy sand in block B and gravelly sandy loam in block C. Bunding was done in block A (≤1% slope), ridging in block B (>12–33% slope) and broad base conservation bench terracing in block C (>1–12% slope). Runoff storage canal was constructed along foot of the block B land to intercept runoff. Soil bunds, terraces with shoulder bunds and runoff storage canals were most effective in rainwater conservation. Ridges in block B were unstable. After development, land in block A upgraded to capability class III, block B to class V and block C to class I, subject to availability of irrigations. Maximum water holding capacity of soils was 0.378 m3 m−3 in block A, 0.389 m3 m−3 in block B and 0.45 m3 m−3 in block C. Soil profile in 2 m depth could thus accommodate about 756 mm rainwater in block A, 778 mm in block B and 900 mm in block C. This is more than peak rainfall in the last 90 years. Watershed development prevented further land degradation and raised average yield of sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L.) from <600 kg ha−1 on farmer’s fields to 1930 kg ha−1 in block A and 3818 kg ha−1 in block C. Net return from sorghum crop was USD 13997 in the first year as against a total expenditure of USD 18,400 on watershed development.
    No preview · Article · Apr 2016 · Agricultural Water Management
  • Bo Zhou · Yunkai Li · Peng Song · Zhenci Xu · Vincent Bralts

    No preview · Article · Apr 2016 · Agricultural Water Management
  • Youjie Wu · Taisheng Du · Fusheng Li · Sien Li · Risheng Ding · Ling Tong

    No preview · Article · Apr 2016 · Agricultural Water Management
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    ABSTRACT: Central Anatolia is known as the wheat silo of Turkey since the region has the greatest production of wheat in the country. However, the region’s insufficient water resources force producers to use deficit irrigation. The present study was conducted to create deficit irrigation strategies for wheat. Twenty two experimental treatments, including full irrigation and dry treatment, were created based on the different growth stages of wheat (stem elongation, heading, milk stage) and water-deficit levels (0, 35, 65 and 100%). The results revealed different effects of water-deficits on wheat yield, quality, and water-use efficiencies based on the plant-growth stages in which the water deficits are applied. The water deficits applied in the stem elongation and heading stages significantly decreased the wheat yields. On the other hand, a 35% deficit applied only in the stem elongation stage yielded the highest thousand-kernel weight and protein ratio. The seasonal water-consumptive use of experimental treatments varied between 206 and 571 mm; the grain yields varied between 288 and 682 kg da−1; the thousand kernel-weights varied between 33.9 and 52.2 g; the total water-use efficiencies varied between 1.02 and 1.30 kg m−3 and irrigation water-use efficiencies varied between 0.51 and 1.17 kg m−3.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2016 · Agricultural Water Management
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, an interactive two-stage fuzzy stochastic programming (ITFSP) method is developed for supporting crop planning and water resource allocation under uncertainty. ITFSP can effectively address uncertainties expressed as probability distributions and fuzzy-boundary intervals. It can also be utilized for in-depth analyzing different policy scenarios that are integrated with various economic implications since penalties are executed with recourse actions. ITFSP enables decision makers to identify a tradeoff between higher objective values and feasibility of constraints. The ITFSP method is applied to a real case of Hetao irrigation district, one of the largest irrigation districts for food production in China. Different scenarios for crop planning targets which reflect the attitudes of local authority to the available water resources are examined. Results discover that different scenarios lead to changed irrigation patterns, water shortages, penalties, as well as system benefits. Results also reveal that decision makers would be more positive to water allocation to crops of wheat and oil than maize; oil crop always possesses the priority of water allocation and would be partly satisfied even under the low flow. Solutions are useful for determining optimized cropland use and water allocation patterns in such an agricultural system in the arid region, which could hedge appropriately against future available water levels in more profitable and sustainable ways.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2016 · Agricultural Water Management
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    ABSTRACT: Yield of a dryland crop such as wheat is affected by environmental, management and genotypic factors. Field experiments and computer simulations were conducted to understand the effect of supplemental irrigation, type of cultivar and time of sowing (using simulation) on grain yield and quality of two wheat varieties EGA Gregory and Livingston. There was significant effect of variety and watering regime on grain yield, harvest index, kernel weight and number and protein content. The maximum grain yield of 6.10 t ha−1 was obtained from the irrigated mid-late flowering variety EGA Gregory in the year the crop was sown early. The effect of irrigation on the late flowering variety EGA Gregory was higher than that on the early flowering variety Livingston. The grain water use efficiency of EGA Gregory was higher than that of Livingston in the year it was sown early. APSIM simulations of yield using historical weather data of the past 114 years show that as the sowing date is delayed, the decrease in yield of EGA Gregory becomes higher than that of Livingston and by mid-June sowing, the grain yield of Livingston becomes higher than that of EGA Gregory. As the sowing is delayed, the differences between the anthesis dates, and also grain yields of the two varieties get smaller. The simulation results show that the grain yield of late-sown EGA Gregory and Livingston increases with the amount of in-crop rainfall. However, when sown early, the yield of Livingston decreases with the amount of in-crop rainfall. Farmers need to have different cultivars on hand and sow according to seasonal condition. An early-sown mid-lateflowering cultivar is less risky.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2016 · Agricultural Water Management
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    ABSTRACT: Irrigation using groundwater in Canterbury, New Zealand, is reaching sustainable limits and to assist with water allocation a better understanding of groundwater recharge from irrigated agriculture is required. To help characterise groundwater recharge from irrigated pasture, three sets of three drainage lysimeters were installed in three irrigated dairy farms in Canterbury, New Zealand. Two farms have free draining, shallow, stony soils over gravel and the third site has a deep silt loam. The sites are spread across three landscape positions within the Canterbury Plains–foot-hill, mid plains and coastal plains. Average annual rainfall during the study period (2010–13) at the sites varied between 633 mm (coastal plain) and 891 mm (foothill). Irrigation management varied among the farms. Irrigation applications increased as actual evaporation increased and ranged from 144 to 445 mm/season (September–April). Drainage tended to increase with annual rainfall and most (70%) occurred in the winter (May–August). Drainage from the shallow stony soils and deep silt loams averaged 33 and 18% respectively of total precipitation (irrigation plus rainfall), a similar percentage to those reported from dryland lysimeters studies in this region. However, as the total precipitation on the irrigated sites is greater than rainfall in the dryland studies, irrigated agriculture had more drainage. This implies that irrigation of dryland will result in more recharge, but in much of Canterbury efficient centre pivot irrigators have replaced border dyke flood irrigation that has very high recharge rates, so there may be an overall reduction in recharge.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2016 · Agricultural Water Management
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    ABSTRACT: Determining the effects of a water deficit during periods of vegetative growth on photosynthetic traits and grain yield will provide a reasonable strategy for water-saving management of winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) and exploited photosynthetic traits for the selection of drought tolerant winter wheat genotypes. A mobile rain shelter experiment was conducted using winter wheat cultivar to assess the effects of different levels of water stress on photosynthetic characteristics, dry matter translocation and water use efficiency (WUE) in the Shijiazhuang 8 (drought resistant) and Yanmai 20 (drought sensitive) cultivars at different growth stages. Three winter wheat growing stages were selected for assessment at follows: recovering-jointing, jointing-flowering and grain-filling, and the effects of four levels of soil water which were selected based on field capacity, on plants from seeding to mature stage were examined by controlling the irrigation as follows: 40–45% (severe stress), 55–60% (moderate stress), 65–70% (mild stress) and 75–80% (full irrigation) The results indicated that mild stress during the recovering-jointing stage improved the canopy structure prior to anthesis and maintained high canopy photosynthesis after anthesis, thus increasing winter wheat yields. Mild stress during all of the growth stages improved the distribution of assimilate to the grain prior to anthesis and increased the yield. Although moderate stress during all growth stages could improve dry matter translocation, the resulting yield was not high, as the accumulation of dry matter decreased after anthesis. Therefore, mild soil water stress can improve grain yields and WUE. Shijiazhuang 8 displayed a higher grain yield and WUE than Yanmai 20 under drought stress, and throughout the different stages of growth, the leaves exhibited a lower net photosynthetic rate (Pn), stomatal conductance (Gs) and transpiration (E) under drought stress. Furthermore, Shijiazhuang 8 which maintained relatively higher, Pn, Gs and E under water stress, maintained higher values of WUE than Yanmai 20. Under the severe stress treatments, some varieties showed an increase in the concentration of intercellular CO2 (Ci), indicating an inhibition of photosynthetic activity due to non-stomatal effects. Overall, we conclude that the genotypic differences in the photosynthetic response could be useful for mapping the photosynthetic traits that promote tolerance to drought. We recommend that mild water stress (65–70% water field capacity) be considered for irrigation scheduling in winter wheat under conditions of water limitation.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2016 · Agricultural Water Management
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    ABSTRACT: Due to water scarcity in many arid countries, there is considerable interest in recycling wastewater streams such as treated urban wastewater for irrigation in the agricultural sector. The aim of this study is to assess the contamination of soil and Capsicum annuum (grown in pots) irrigated by domestic wastewaters treated by different wetland types between September 2013 and September 2014. The objectives were to assess (a) the suitability of the irrigation water for growth when using recycled wastewater contaminated by trace minerals and pathogens, (b) the impact of differently treated wastewaters on soil and fruits as a function of the wetland type, and (c) the marketable yield of the harvest as a function of mineral and biological contamination risk. Ortho-phosphate-phosphorus, ammonia–nitrogen, potassium and manganese concentrations in the irrigation water considerably exceeded the thresholds. High contamination levels by total coliforms, Salmonella spp. and Streptococcus spp. were detected. No mineral contamination was observed in the soils due to irrigation with treated wastewater. Results showed that slight to moderate zinc contamination was detected in some vegetables. Potassium accumulation in the yield showed the highest values followed by zinc. In contrast, the lowest mineral accumulation of the yield was observed for iron. No bacterial contamination was detected for fruits harvested from plants irrigated by wetland outflow water. In contrast, fruits harvested from those plants irrigated by preliminary treated wastewater showed high contamination by total coliforms, Streptococcus spp. and Salmonella spp. especially for fruits, which were located close to the contaminated soil surface. However, findings indicate that vegetables receiving wastewater treated with wetlands can be considered as safe compared to those receiving only preliminary treated wastewater. High yields in terms of economic return were associated with tap water and an organic growth medium, and a wetland with a small aggregate size and a low contact time.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2016 · Agricultural Water Management
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    ABSTRACT: For on-farm decision-making in salinity affected water deficit regions, a hydro-economic analysis helps developing consistent resource management plans considering biophysical and economic constraints. However, variability of crop prices and yields is a practical difficulty when valuating resources. In this study, we proposed a novel hybrid framework that considers variable crop prices and yields to develop resource allocation strategies using a risk-based economic model. The FAO AquaCrop model and a linear regression model were used for yield simulation and price estimation, respectively. The predicted variability of crop prices and yields from these models are incorporated into the risk-based economic model. The hydro-economic analysis was conducted for making producers' pre-season decisions on land and water allocations in salinity-affected agricultural lands in south central Utah. The results showed alfalfa-dominant land and water allocation strategies are suitable options due to the high price and low production costs of alfalfa under high surface water availability. With limited surface water availability, the results opted to rent water rights to soils with high maize productivity for higher profits. The risk aversion behavior led to land and water allocation strategies with less variable profits. It was also found that the salinity stress severely degraded water productivity. The proposed approach provide a framework to manage resources for agricultural production in salnity affected and water deficits regions under variable price and climatic conditions.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2016 · Agricultural Water Management
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    ABSTRACT: The mechanism of compensatory growth in corn after post-drought rewatering at the seedling stage was explored by investigating the levels and effects of several plant hormones. This study consisted of two treatment conditions: nitrate (NO3−) addition to the roots and cytokinin addition to the leaves. Results showed that drought stress reduced the biomass of aboveground parts and the whole plant, but increased root soluble carbohydrate concentration and root activity. Post-drought rewatering under the addition of NO3− to the roots increased corn growth. Biomass values of the aboveground parts and the whole plant were similar between the rewatering and wetness at 10 days after rewatering conditions. Upon addition of NO3− to roots, post- drought rewatering increased the cytokinin contents of leaves and its delivery rate from roots to leaves. Addition of cytokinin to leaves without the addition of NO3− to roots increased the growth rate of corn seedlings upon post-drought rewatering and simultaneously caused high leaf cytokinin concentration. Thus, increase in concentration of root-derived cytokinin concentration in leaves was closely related to compensatory growth in corn upon post-drought rewatering at the seedling stage.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2016 · Agricultural Water Management