Acta Univ. Agric. Silvic. Mendelianae Brun. 2018, 66, 1183-1190
Published online 2018-10-29

Effects of Irrigation and Fertigation on Yield and Quality Parameters of ’Gala‘ and ’Fuji‘ Apple

Vladimír Mašán1, Patrik Burg1, Alice Čížková1, Jaromír Skoupil1, Pavel Zemánek1, Vladimir Višacki2

1Department of Horticultural Machinery, Faculty of Horticulture, Mendel University in Brno, Zemedelska 1, 613 00 Brno, Czech Republic
2Departman of Agricultural Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Novi Sad, Trg Dositeja Obradovića 8, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia

The climate change and growing production of crops increase the demand for the water and the efficient use of water in agriculture becomes more critical. This experiment presents the results of research in the orchard with different irrigation programs and fertigation on yield and quality parameters of the ’Gala‘ and ’Fuji‘ apple tree. Three irrigation programs were applied IR + F – full irrigation with fertigation; IR – full irrigation without fertigation; NON‑IR – non‑irrigation, only natural precipitations. There were no differences observed among these three irrigation programs for tree diameter, sugar content, starch content and fruits firmness (P < 0.05). Significant deficit of water was in program IR and NON‑IR, at the length of annual growth, where the reduction was from from 680 mm to 440 mm at the ‘GALA’ variety. Statistically important differences between the irrigation variants were found out at the variety ‘Fuji’, in parametres yield, fruit weight and fruit diameter. Between programs IR + F and NON‑IR was the difference of fruit weight 25.6 g (14.3 %) and of fruit diameter 4.5 mm (5.8 %).


The research was financially supported by the project CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_017/0002334 ‘Research infrastructure for young scientists’.


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