Evaluation and Management of Irrigation Systems in Southwest Floridaby David A. Sleeper, USDA Soil Conservation Service, Wauchula, United States,
Abstract: The United States Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service (SCS) provides assistance to growers in the Southwest Florida area for the evaluation, improvement and management of farm irrigation systems. Water, a limited resource in Southwest Florida, is conserved by maintaining and improving system and water management efficiency. SCS personnel use established irrigation system evaluation procedures for spray jet, drip and sprinkler systems. New procedures are also being developed for the evaluation of subsurface irrigation systems. Based on the evaluation results, if a system falls below SCS standards and specifications, the grower is given recommendations to improve system performance. If modifications are made, the system is re-evaluated to document the improvement in efficiency. The evaluation results also provide specific soil, crop and irrigation system data used to develop a suitable water management plan for the grower. The grower is also assisted with soil moisture measurement devices, such as tensiometers and water table observation wells, conserving water by producing accurate irrigation scheduling.
Subject Headings: Irrigation systems | Systems management | Water conservation | Trickle irrigation | Water supply systems | Water table | Irrigation water | North America | United States | Florida | South Carolina
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