Title: Short-Term of Tillage on Soil and the Hydrological Response within a Fig (Ficus Carica) Orchard in Croatia


Tillage is well known to have impacts on soil properties and hydrological responses. This work aims to study the short-term impacts of tillage (0–3 months) on soil and hydrological responses in fig orchards located in Croatia. Understanding the soil hydrological response in the study area is crucial for soil management due to frequent autumn floods. The hydrological response was investigated using rainfall simulation experiments (58 mm h−1, for 30 min, over 0.785 m2 plots). The results show that the bulk density was significantly higher 3 months after tillage than at 0 and 1 months. The water holding capacity and amount of soil organic matter decreased with time. The water runoff and phosphorous loss (P loss) increased over time. The sediment concentration (SC) was significantly higher 3 months after tillage than in the previous monitoring periods, while sediment loss (SL) and carbon loss (C loss) were significantly lower 0 months after tillage than 3 months after tillage. Overall, there was an increase in soil erodibility with time (high SC, SL, C loss, and P loss), attributed to the precipitation patterns that increase the soil water content and therefore the hydrological response. Therefore, sustainable agricultural practices are needed to avoid sediment translocation and to mitigate floods and land degradation.


Full citation: Telak, L.J., Pereira, P., Ferreira, C.S.S., Filipovic, V., Filipovic, L., Bogunovic, I. SHORT-TERM IMPACT OF TILLAGE ON SOIL AND THE HYDROLOGICAL RESPONSE WITHIN A FIG (Ficus Carica) ORCHARD IN CROATIA. Water 2020, 12, 3295.

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