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Title: Analysis of spatial relationships between soil and crop variables in a durum wheat field using a multivariate geostatistical approach
Authors: Casa, Raffaele
Castrignanò, Annamaria
Keywords: Geostatistics;Durum wheat;Yield components;Factor kriging analysis
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Casa, R., Castrignanò, A. 2008. Analysis of spatial relationships between soil and crop variables in a durum wheat field using a multivariate geostatistical approach. "European Journal of Agronomy" 28(3): 331-342.
For important crop and soil properties, temporal variability is generally higher than spatial variability and the definition of stable low- and
high-yield potential zones, for site-specific management, is very difficult.
In this study the application of a multivariate geostatistical methodology, factorial kriging analysis (FKA), is proposed for this purpose, allowing
simultaneous processing of several layers of information on spatially and temporally variable crop and soil properties.
The methodology was applied to measurements carried out in a durum wheat field in Viterbo (Central Italy). Soil properties, plant development
and biomass, LAI and normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) were measured following a grid sampling scheme. Yield components were
assessed at the same points at harvest. Coregionalization analysis was carried out and FKA was applied in order to clarify the spatial relationships
between the different variables acting at the different scales. The application of FKA to soil, plant and yield properties allowed to discriminate
between variables with a different rate of variation, pointing out at those more stable which could be used as a basis to site-specific management.
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ISSN: 1161-0301
DOI: 10.1016/j.eja.2007.10.001
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