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Infrared Estimation of Canopy Temperature as Crop Water Stress Indicator
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Infrared Estimation of Canopy Temperature as Crop Water Stress Indicator
Kim, Minyoung; Kim, Seounghee; Kim, Youngjin; Choi, Yonghun; Seo, Myungchul;
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Decision making by farmers regarding irrigation is critical for crop production. Therefore, the precision irrigation technique is very important to improve crop quality and yield. Recently, much attention has been given to remote sensing of crop canopy temperature as a crop water-stress indicator, because it is a scientifically based and easily applicable method even at field scales. This study monitored a series of time-variant canopy temperature of cucumber under three different irrigation treatments: under-irrigation (control), optimal-irrigation, and over-irrigation. The difference between canopy temperature () and air temperature (), , was calculated as an indicator of cucumber water stress. Vapor pressure deficit (VPD) was evaluated to define water stress on the basis of the temperature difference between leaf and air. The values of was negatively related to VPD; further, cucumber growth in the under- and over-irrigated fields showed water stress, in contrast to that grown in the optimally irrigated field. Thus, thermal infrared measurements could be useful for evaluating crop water status and play an important role in irrigation scheduling of agricultural crops.
Precision irrigation;Infrared estimation;Crop water stress index (CWSI);Canopy temperature;Vapor pressure deficit;
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