Water Requirement of Field Crops Estimated from Total Solar Radiation

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The proportion of the incident solar energy used in the evapotranspiration process is a measure of the water requirement of plants. It has been found that in Hawaii approximately 60 per cent of the insolation is used in evapotranspiration during a 12-mo period of alfalfa production. Monthly water-requirement estimates were made from the empirical equation
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where W = water requirement in inches per month, and S = solar radiation in calories per square centimeter per month.

1 Climatologist and Director, respectively.

The proportion of the incident solar energy used in the evapotranspiration process is a measure of the water requirement of plants. It has been found that in Hawaii approximately 60 per cent of the insolation is used in evapotranspiration during a 12-mo period of alfalfa production. Monthly water-requirement estimates were made from the empirical equation
i0003-0007-41-8-403-e01
where W = water requirement in inches per month, and S = solar radiation in calories per square centimeter per month.

1 Climatologist and Director, respectively.

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