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Managing Runoff Water Quality From Recently Manured, Furrow Irrigated Fields

Lentz, R.D. and Westermann, D.T. (2010) Managing Runoff Water Quality From Recently Manured, Furrow Irrigated Fields. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 74(4):1310-1319.

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Nutrient losses in furrow irrigation runoff potentially increase when soils are amended with manure. We evaluated the effect of tillage, water soluble polyacrylamide (WSPAM) and irrigation management on runoff water quality during the first furrow irrigation on a calcareous silt loam soil, which had received 45 Mg/ha (dry wt.) dairy manure applied in the fall. In Exp. 1 the amended soil was rototilled and irrigated that fall; furrow inflows were either treated with 10 mg/L WSPAM injected into furrow inflows only during furrow advance (Fall-WSPAM), or were untreated (Fall-Control). In Exp. 2 the first irrigation on the amended soil was delayed until the following spring and treatments included rototilled WSPAM (Spring-WSPAM) and untreated rototilled (Spring-Control), or moldboard-plowed soils (Spring-Moldboard). Exp. 3 also delayed irrigation until spring and compared conventional vs. buried lateral furrow irrigation systems. We measured sediment, dissolved organic carbon (DOC), NO3-N, NH4-N, dissolved reactive P (DRP), and total P (TP) concentrations in irrigation furrow runoff. Runoff mass losses from Fall-Control furrows were relatively large: sediment, 4505 kg/ha; DOC, 10.7 kg/ha; NO3-N, 28.1 g/ha; NH4-N, 68.1 g/ha; DRP, 132 g/ha; and TP, 3381 g/ha. Delaying the first irrigation until spring or treating the fall irrigation with WSPAM reduced runoff component losses 80 to 100% relative to Fall-Controls. The Spring moldboard plow reduced runoff DRP mass losses 58% compared to spring rototill (Spring-Control). The buried lateral furrow system decreased runoff losses for sediment 89%, DOC 90%, and TP 82% relative to conventional irrigation. Results from this research demonstrate that several types of management approaches may be successfully employed to substantially reduce offsite nutrient transport during the first irrigation on manured, furrow-irrigated fields.

Item Type: Article
NWISRL Publication Number: 1359
Subjects: Water > Water management
Water > Water quality
Irrigation > Furrow irrigation
Depositing User: Users 6 not found.
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2010 21:17
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2010 22:31
Item ID: 1384