Precise Irrigation Experimental Farm
Demonstration Site description
Since 1959 CER is encouraging, promoting and carrying out research and studies on water saving in agriculture. Studies and research are intended for assessing crop response to irrigation, plant growth parameters, feasibility and sustainability of water reuse in agriculture, water use efficiency and productivity. The results obtained over a 50 years spell were utilised developing deficit and regulated deficit irrigation and partial root zone drying strategies as well as models and Decision Support Systems, which are utilised at regional and national level. Researches and field test continue through participation in national and international projects, improving irrigation management and developing knowledge for future irrigation scenarios adapting to climate change. Visitors can meet irrigation experts; several sensors type, irrigation technologies and strategies are deployed in the experimental fields and can be introduced to the visitors as well as water treatments in constructed wetland at the farm scale.
Results obtained so far
A rough analysis of the research programs impact over the last 35 years revealed substantial changes in the farmer’s irrigation patterns which led to a reduction of the annual irrigation volume ranging from 30 to 50%
A continuous improvement of the knowledge base, producing and implementing innovation through a diffuse system of communication and support for farmers.
Yearly control of irrigation water supply to cumulated crop evapotranspiration ratio, water use efficiency in agriculture and related benefit.
Repeatability & Applicability
Experimental farms managed by Universities and Research Institutes can be opened to visitors.