Peanut Water Use under Optimum Conditions of Growth and Development: A Simulation Approach
Garcia y Garcia, Axel
Guerra, Larry C.
Paz, Joel O.
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Soil and weather conditions are not always favorable for optimal growth and development of plants and experiments must be repeated over time and space in order to obtain results that can reflect the average conditions of a specific area. Crop models and Decision Support Systems are useful tools as a complement to research, such as their ability to simulate a crop's response to different management scenarios under various environmental conditions. The objective of this study was to determine the water use of peanut grown under optimum conditions of soil and weather. Our analysis revealed that peanut requires around 22 inches of water from sowing to harvest. No significant differences on water use were found between early and medium maturity varieties; however, significant differences were found between medium and late maturity varieties and between early and late maturity varieties.