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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Irrigation of Forage Crops with Saline Drainage Waters: Volumetric Lysimeter Studies and Modeling of Root Water Uptake and Drainage

Submitted to: Proceedings of the International Salinity Forum
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: April 11, 2005
Publication Date: April 25, 2005
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Citation: Skaggs, T.H., Poss, J.A., Shouse, P.J. 2005. Irrigation of forage crops with saline drainage waters: Volumetric lysimeter studies and modeling of root water uptake and drainage. In: Proceedings of the International Salinity Forum, Managing Saline Soils and Water: Science, Technology, and Soil Issues. April 25-27, 2005. Riverside, CA pp:421-424.

Interpretive Summary: The disposal of agricultural drainage waters into surface waters or onto lands leads to salinization and degraded soil and water quality. In some instances the impacts of agricultural drainage disposal may be reduced if drainage waters are isolated and reused for irrigation. Scientific and economic questions remain about the suitability of different waters, soils, and crops for reuse operations; optimal management practices are not yet known. This paper reports results from recent studies in which forage crops were grown in volumetric lysimeters using synthetic saline-sodic drainage waters. The data are evaluated against a simulation model that could potentially assist in the design and management of agricultural drainage reuse systems. The results will be of interest to scientists, engineers, and growers working on the development of sustainable drainage management practices.

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