Fertigation - Injecting Soluble Fertilizers into the Irrigation System
Fertigation (fertilization + irrigation) is the newest way for nursery managers to apply fertilizer, and has become a standard practice in container nurseries. Because of the inherent inefficient water distribution patterns in field irrigation systems, fertigation has not been widely used in bareroot nurseries. However, a bareroot nursery with a center-pivot irrigation system has successfully used fertigation (Triebwasser and Altsuler 1995), and other nurseries have applied soluble fertilizer through a tractor-drawn sprayer.
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Publication: Forest Nursery Notes - 2009 Summer