In scope of the Horizon 2020 project “Promoting SMART agricultural WATER management in Bosnia and Herzegovina” – SMARTWATER activities,
a second year of the joint experimental activities have started at the locations of Aleksandrovac.

Аt the Experimental Educational Centre Aleksandrovac of Faculty of Agriculture (University of Banja Luka) a sowing activity of BL 43 maize hybrid was performed last Friday (April 30). Sowing was performed with a four-row pneumatic seed drill.
The plants were sowed with a row distance of 22.4 cm and a row space of 70 cm. NPK fertilizer was used in a basic treatment and in a sowing period. The experimental plots are defined. For the plots with grass, perennial ryegrass was sown.

The experimental activities are the same as last year. .

They are based on the application of common research techniques during the vegetation period of maize cultivation, but also the application of modern techniques that involve the use of remote sensing in order to investigate biophysiological, biochemical and molecular parameters.  

Experimental activities will be performed by treating hybrid under conditions of different irrigation and nitrogen application.

We hope that the research will help farmers in a better understanding the relationship between growth, quality and yield of maize, under a different water and nitrogen regimes.

The application and evaluation of different models for simulating the crop growth such as BlueLeaf, AquaCrop, DSSAT and SIMDualKc will be evaluated after the second year of the experiment.

The results could help farmers to define the importance of irrigation in maize cultivation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

We are looking forward to new activities!