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Site specific agricultural soil management with the use of new technologies

Paper Topic: 
Ecosystems and Natural Resources Management
 
Volume: 
 
Issue: 
 

Pages :
59 - 67

Corresponing Author: 
Miltiadis Iatrou
 
Authors: 
Papadopoulos A., Papadopoulos F., Tziachris P., Metaxa I. and Iatrou M.
Paper ID: 
gnest_01203
Paper Status: 
Published
Date Paper Accepted: 
30/10/2013
Abstract: 

The Soil Science Institute of Thessaloniki produces new digitized Soil Maps that provide a useful electronic database for the spatial representation of the soil variation within a region, based on in situ soil sampling, laboratory analyses, GIS techniques and plant nutrition mathematical models, coupled with the local land cadastre. The novelty of these studies is that local agronomists have immediate access to a wide range of soil information by clicking on a field parcel shown in this digital interface and, therefore, can suggest an appropriate treatment (e.g. liming, manure incorporation, desalination, application of proper type and quantity of fertilizer) depending on the field conditions and cultivated crops. A specific case study is presented in the current work with regards to the construction of the digitized Soil Map of the regional unit of Kastoria. The potential of this map can easily be realized by the fact that the mapping of the physicochemical properties of the soils in this region provided delineation zones for differential fertilization management. An experiment was also conducted using remote sensing techniques for the enhancement of the fertilization advisory software database, which is a component of the digitized map, and the optimization of nitrogen management in agricultural areas.

Keywords: 
soil map, new technologies, fertilization, GIS
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