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PAM conformation effects on furrow erosion mitigation efficacy

Lentz, R.D. and Sojka, R.E. (1996) PAM conformation effects on furrow erosion mitigation efficacy. 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. 71-77.


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Water soluble polyacrylamides (PAM) have been used in laboratory studies to maintain the structure and permeability of soils subjected to artificial rainfall (Levy et al.. 1991: Shainberg et al., 1990). In a field study. Mitchell (1986) increased furrow infiltration into a clayey soil by 30-57% during the first 4 hr of an irrigation by applying 150 g m-3 (150 ppm) PAM to the irrigation water during inflow. An initial small application of anionic polyacrylamide to irrigation water nearly eliminated furrow sediment loss on Portneuf silt loam (Lent: et al..1992; Sojka and Lent:1993 ). Application of 10 g m-3 (10 ppm) PAM (per unit of water) during furrow advance reduced total sediment loss from treated furrows by 94% and increased net infiltration 15% (Lent: and Sojka, 1994a).

Item Type: Technical Bulletin
NWISRL Publication Number: 0915
Additional Information: USDA-ARS, Kimberly, Idaho.
Subjects: Irrigation > Furrow irrigation > Erosion > Polyacrylamide
Polyacrylamide (PAM) > Water-soluble PAM (WSPAM) > Erosion control
Soil > Erosion
Mass Import - autoclassified (may be erroneous)
Depositing User: Michelle Wayment
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2010 21:58
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2016 18:23
Item ID: 1195

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