American Potato Journal

, Volume 67, Issue 1, pp 29–43 | Cite as

Influence of irrigation and nitrogen management on potato yield and quality

  • J. C. Ojala
  • J. C. Stark
  • G. E. Kleinkopf
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Abstract

The effects of irrigation, water and nitrogen management on yield and quality of the Russet Burbank cultivar are discussed relevant to developmental stages of growth. Recent research on the interactions of irrigation and nitrogen management on total and U.S. No. 1 yields and specific gravity are presented. Total and U.S. No. 1 yields decline with increasing soil moisture stress. Yield of U.S. No. 1 potatoes is particularly sensitive to short periods of irrigation deficit during tuber initiation. Total yield appears most sensitive to short periods of irrigation deficit during tuber bulking. Allocation of longer term irrigation deficits during years of limited water supply should be either a) avoided during mid-season tuber bulking, or b) uniformly distributed over the entire tuber bulking growth period. Yield increases with higher total available soil nitrogen under deficit irrigation, but the yield response diminishes as the amount of total seasonal water decreases. The influence of irrigation and nitrogen availability is also discussed for specific gravity and tuber maturity. Seasonal (split) nitrogen management is proposed as a method to improve yield, quality and nitrogen fertilizer use efficiency of indeterminant cultivars.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. C. Ojala
    • 1
  • J. C. Stark
    • 2
  • G. E. Kleinkopf
    • 3
  1. 1.Plant Science DivisionUniversity of IdahoIdaho Falls
  2. 2.Plant Science DivisionUniversity of Idaho Agricultural Research and Extension CenterAberdeen
  3. 3.Plant Science DivisionUniversity of Idaho Agricultural Research and Extension CenterIDKimberly

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