Climate change has brought about changing conditions for agriculture. In recent years precipitation deficit during the growing season has led to a shortage of forage in Sweden. During dry years, irrigation is necessary to achieve optimal yields. In addition, irrigation can bring about positive effects on the environment by better use of production inputs. The aim of the project is to investigate quantitative and qualitative aspects that can lead to a reduced need of fodder. We will also make an analysis of the potential revenues and costs for the implementation of irrigation systems including costs for water supply.
The main objective of the project is to assess the effects of different irrigation strategies on yield levels and yield quality in terms of application timing and irrigation amount based on climate, crop development stages, soil type and soil water content. The results obtained will directly be translate into guidelines and recommendations to be used in extension services.