Project:Online field-scale irrigation management for Romania (OPI Romania)
Client:Partners for Water, Netherlands
Partners:Crop-R (project leader), DACOM
Objective:Developing, testing, and implementation of a irrigation management system, based on field measurements using DACOM sensor technology and model calculation by FutureWater SPHY model, integrated in the online Crop-R Farm Management System (FMS).

In this project a field-scale irrigation planning and management system was setup and tested. The basis for this system is formed by online in-situ ground data on soil moisture content and hydrological model calculations of the root zone and shallow subsoil. Weather stations and soil moisture sensors were installed at two large-scale arable farms in the Banat region in northeast Romania. The information was made available through the Crop-R Online FMS Farm Management System.

In April 2013, Partners for Water NL decided to start the project by Crop-R, DACOM, and FutureWater. The project’s target is to setup and test a field-scale irrigation planning and management system.

Crop-R Farm Management System
Crop-R Farm Management System

The basis for this system is formed by online in-situ ground data on soil moisture content and hydrological model calculations of the root zone and shallow subsoil. We will install meteo stations and soil moisture sensors at two large-scale arable farms in the Banat region in northeast Romania. These two flagship farms will get our cost efficient irrigation planning information, to be developed in a number of project phases. The information will be available through the Crop-R Online FMS Farm Management System.

Besides the two farm owners, our partners in Romania are the OSPA (OSPA Arad County) Agricultural Research Center and the ANIF Extension Service. We will involve regional scale water managers and the regional and central government, to be able to have sufficient possibilities to extend the current project to future activities. In this way, we will export up-to-date Dutch water knowledge and systems, that is in line with the Dutch topsector Water policy and mission.

Example of SPHY model output for the Netherlands
Example of SPHY model output for the Netherlands
DACOM sensor technology
DACOM sensor technology

Publications

  • 2015 - FutureWater Report 137Simons, G.W.H., G.A.P.M. Van den Eertwegh, P. Droogers. 2015. Online Parcel-scale Irrigation management in Romania: spatio-temporal soil moisture modeling using SPHY. FutureWater Report 137X

    Online Parcel-scale Irrigation management in Romania: spatio-temporal soil moisture modeling using SPHY

    Simons, G.W.H., G.A.P.M. Van den Eertwegh, P. Droogers

  • 2014 - Bachelor ThesisWehling, M., P. Droogers, W. Terink, G. Simons, S. Eeman. 2014. ONLine parcel oriented irrigation advice Romania. Optimization of agricultural water resource management by using the SPHY model. Bachelor Thesis Land and water management, Hydrology, Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied SciencesX

    ONLine parcel oriented irrigation advice Romania. Optimization of agricultural water resource management by using the SPHY model

    Wehling, M., P. Droogers, W. Terink, G. Simons, S. Eeman