Water Penetration Manual for California Soils

by J. D. Oster, Univ of California, Riverside, United States,
M. J. Singer, Univ of California, Riverside, United States,
A. Fulton, Univ of California, Riverside, United States,
W. Richardson, Univ of California, Riverside, United States,
T. Prichard, Univ of California, Riverside, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Management of Irrigation and Drainage Systems: Integrated Perspectives


Slow water penetration in irrigated soils is a complex problem of major importance in California's $18 billion agricultural industry. The Kearney Foundation of Soil Science chose to work on this problem during its 1986-91 mission in order to fill gaps in research knowledge, develop improved diagnostic methods, explore innovative management options, and publish a manual that deals with managing soils with water penetration problems. The manual displayed at this conference, written by a team including professional writers, academic department members, and Cooperative Extension specialists and farm advisors, is designed to help the farmer, farm advisor, and consultant prevent, diagnose and solve problems of slow water penetration. It combines research information with the experience of California farmers, who have been coping with slow water penetration for a long time. Flow charts direct the reader, based on answers to key questions, to short sections that describe diagnostic methods and solutions to problems. An index provides another method to locate information, and a resource directory provides a list of experts on various aspects of water penetration problems.

Subject Headings: Soil water | Penetration tests | Irrigation water | Agriculture | Diagnosis | Water resources | Management methods | California | United States

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