Evaluation of an automated irrigation system for frost protection of apple buds

A. B. Koc, Paul Heinz Heinemann, C. T. Morrow, Robert Michael Crassweller

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An automated irrigation system was refined and tested on a 0.4 ha. orchard for protection of apple buds from cold while reducing water usage. For three out of six frost events, the air temperature dropped below the critical temperature. The automated irrigation system successfully protected buds from cold during these three nights. The intermittent sprinkler irrigation system control was simulated using fuzzy logic as an alternative approach. The experimental results and the fuzzy logic simulation results are presented in this paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPaper - American Society of Agricultural Engineers
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997
EventProceedings of the 1997 ASAE Annual International Meeting. Part 1 (of 3) - Minneapolis, MN, USA
Duration: Aug 10 1997Aug 14 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)


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