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A PAM primer: A brief history of PAM and PAM-related issues

Sojka, R.E. and Lentz, R.D. (1996) A PAM primer: A brief history of PAM and PAM-related issues. In: Sojka, R.E. and Lentz, R.D. (eds.) Managing irrigation-induced erosion and infiltration with polyacrylamide. University of Idaho Miscellaneous Publication No. 101-96. pp. 11-20.


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Polyacrylamide treatment of irrigation water may be the fastest growing conservation technology in irrigated agriculture. PAMs were registered in most Western states by late 1994. and the Natural. Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) published an interim conservation practice standard for PAM-use in January 1995 (Anonymous,1995). In 1995, its first year of commercial use, about 20.000 ha were PAM-treated. saving as much as a million tons (0.9 million metric tons) of soil (Sojka and Lenrz,1996). Irrigators have been attracted to the new PAM technology because they recognize irrigated agriculture's value, the threat of erosion on fragile arid-zone soils, and PAM's efficacy and ease of use.

Item Type: Technical Bulletin
NWISRL Publication Number: 0914
Additional Information: USDA-ARS, Kimberly, Idaho.
Subjects: Polyacrylamide (PAM) > Water-soluble PAM (WSPAM)
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Depositing User: Michelle Wayment
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2010 21:58
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2016 18:24
Item ID: 1194

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