Vol. 15 No. 4 (2009)

Spatial evaluation of the apple trees-soil environment

Published September 2, 2009
J. Tamás
Department of Water and Environmental Management, Centre of Agricultural Science, University of Debrecen, Hungary, H-4032 Debrecen, Böszörményi street 138


Tamás, J. (2009). Spatial evaluation of the apple trees-soil environment. International Journal of Horticultural Science, 15(4), 53–56. https://doi.org/10.31421/IJHS/15/4/840

Remote sensing of fruit tree micro environment plays a major role in both horticultural and soil mapping applications. In frame this study presented a novel method to survey the spatial distribution of physical and water management properties of soils. The examinations were carried out at an intensive experimental apple orchard in Debrecen-Pallag. The examination site is the part of the Experimental Pomology plantation of the University of Debrecen, Faculty of Agronomy. Particle-size distribution, plasticity according to Arany, metal content by XRF spectrometry, soil physical parameters, acidity, electric conductivity of soils, were measured to obtain appropriate information on the physical properties of the soil. Based on the results, the accurate spatial positions of those sites were characterized where soil loosening should be implemented in 0,3–0,4 m depth. Spatially precise soil physical barriers were determined for applied micro-irrigation system. Based on the micro-element content and pH, the accurate spatial positions of those sites were selected where melioration and micronutrient fertilization is needed. These detailed data sources also applied to calibrate the applied airborne hyperspectral images to extend spatially these point based information.


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