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Irrigating with Sugarbeet Processing Wastewater

Smith, J.H. and Hayden, C.W. (1980) Irrigating with Sugarbeet Processing Wastewater. Journal of the American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists. 20(5):484-502.

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In recent years, irrigating agricultural land with wastewater
has become a major wastewater management practice.
Irrigation has replaced much of the discharge to streams
and conventional primary and secondary waste treatment
for food processing wastewater (4, 11, 12, 13). Irrigating
agricultural land for treatment and disposal of the
food processing wastewater is a good practice if the
wastewater does not contain toxic constituents. Crops
grown on the land remove part of the plant nutrients
supplied by the wastewater and can be fed to livestock
(1, 2).

Considerable information has been published about wastewater
irrigation in recent years and several food processing
wastewaters have been evaluated for irrigation
use (5, 6, 17, 18, 19). These systems work well, oxygen
demand and the chemical constituents, except potassium,
were satisfactorily removed at moderate applications, as
wastewater passed through the soil, and using wastewater
for irrigation can economically benefit users.

Nutrient concentrations in wastewaters, and in some cases
feasibility for irrigation use, have been evaluated for
several food processing wastewaters: cannery wastes (8,
16), citrus wastes (10), vegetable wastes (14, 21, 22,
23), fruit processing wastes (15, 21, 22, 25), and grain
wastes (22). For the most part these wastewaters can be
used for irrigating agricultural land with a minimum of

Item Type: Article
NWISRL Publication Number: 0447
Subjects: Irrigated crops > Sugarbeet
Mass Import - autoclassified (may be erroneous)
Depositing User: Dan Stieneke
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2010 21:52
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2017 19:05
Item ID: 363