Accurate estimates of agricultural production from a combination of natural resources have been the subject of several studies in recent years. Among the factors of production, water and nutrients are limiting yields with greater frequency. Thus, control of irrigation and soil fertility are standards for successful agriculture. Due to the need for rational use of water and the importance of mulch for planting, this study aims to investigate the effect of mulch on the soil on the management of drip irrigation in the cultivation of cabbage, using the technique of Time Domain Reflectometer (TDR) for the determination of soil moisture. The experiment will be conducted in the greenhouse of the Centro de Ciências Agrárias (CCA) of Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar), and the treatments consist of hotbeds with and without mulch with straw sugarcane. As a result, it is expected to find basic information on irrigation management being influenced by the use of mulch, which will provide the rational use of water in agricultural systems, with consequent reduction in operating costs of irrigation.
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