Mechanisms by which surge irrigation reduces furrow infiltration rates in a silty loam soil

Kemper, W.D. and Trout, T.J. and Humpherys, A.S. and Bullock, M.S. (1988) Mechanisms by which surge irrigation reduces furrow infiltration rates in a silty loam soil. Transaction of the ASAE. 31(3):821-829.

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Abstract

SURGE irrigation, the intermittent supply of water to furrows or borders, generally reduces infiltration rates. However, the degree of infiltration reduction is variable and difficult to predict. Mechanisms by which surge irrigation reduces infiltration rates include (a) consolidation of the furrow perimeter due to increased soil water tension during flow interruptions, (b) filling of cracks which develop during flow interruptions with bed load during the following surge, (c) forced settlement of suspended sediment on the furrow perimeter when the water supply is interrupted, and (d) greater sediment detachment and movement caused by more rapid advance of the surged stream front.

Item Type: Article
NWISRL Publication Number: 0664
Subjects: Irrigation > Furrow irrigation > Infiltration
Soil
Mass Import - autoclassified (may be erroneous)
Depositing User: Dan Stieneke
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2010 21:53
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2017 19:16
Item ID: 504
URI: https://eprints.nwisrl.ars.usda.gov/id/eprint/504

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