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Indian Journal of Agricultural Research, volume 51 issue 4 (august 2017) : 392-395

Evaluation of the FAO Aqua-Crop model for Durum wheat (Triticum durum Desf.)on the eastern Algeria under semi-arid conditions

Guendouz Ali, Maamri Khalifa, Moumeni Lyes, Hafsi Miloud
1<p>National Institute of the Agronomic Research of Algeria,&nbsp;Research Unit of Setif (INRAA)</p>
Cite article:- Ali Guendouz, Khalifa Maamri, Lyes Moumeni, Miloud Hafsi (2017). Evaluation of the FAO Aqua-Crop model for Durum wheat (Triticum durum Desf.)on the eastern Algeria under semi-arid conditions . Indian Journal of Agricultural Research. 51(4): 392-395. doi: 10.18805/ijare.v51i04.8430.

The relative yield decline that is expected under specific levels of water stress at different moments in the growing period is estimated by integrating the FAO Ky approach in the soil water balance model BUDGET. FAO recently developed a water-driven model (Aqua-Crop) for use as a decision support tool in planning and scenario analysis in different seasons and locations. The Aqua Crop model was evaluated with experimental data collected during three cropping seasons; the field experiments were conducted in Setif, Algeria. The objective of the study is to quantify the water stress based on estimation of evapo-transpiration by Aqua Crop model in Durum wheat under stressed conditions.The results of this study proved the efficiency of the Aqua Crop model to quantify the water stress. Total water stress during three cropping seasons (2010-2013) ranged between 0.15 (15%) at Double ridges to anthesis stage to 0.56 (56%) at Anthesis to maturity stage. The AquaCrop model can adequately quantify water stress and can be used to explore management options to improve wheat water productivity. 

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