This book contains previously unpublished & practical design & management information on all forms of drip & microirrigation for agricultural crops. This book benefits from over 30 years of drip/micro design & management experience by the authors in addition to information gleaned from dozens of recent visits to growers using the latest versions of drip/micro. This book is not a repeat or conglomeration of published research. It is meant to satisfy questions by students, designers, & growers who must make hard decisions in the field. Major sections deal with benefits & problems associated with various forms of buried drip. Complete design examples are given for 3 irrigation systems, & new design criteria are provided for pipe sizing of buried drip systems. This book is a must for anyone contemplating practical drip/micro design & management. To order, contact; Irrigation Training & Research Center, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407; 805-756-2434.
Microirrigation has become the fastest growing segment of the irrigation industry worldwide and has the potential to increase the quality of food supply through improved water fertilizer efficiency. This book is meant to update the text "Trickle Irrigation, Design, Operation and Management". This text offers the most current understanding of the management criteria needed to obtain maximum water and fertilization efficiency. * Presents a detailed explanation of system design, operation, and management specific to various types of MI systems * Analyzes proper use of irrigation technology and its effect to increase efficiency * Provides an understanding to the basic science needed to comprehend operation and management * Over 150 figures of designs and charts of systems including, surface drip, subsurface drip, spray/microsprinkler, and more
History; Covering materials; Greenhouses; Growing systems in greenhouses; Floriculture crops; Water supply, water quality and mineral nutrition; Drip irrigation; Disease and insect control; Propagation and cultivar selection; Economics of protecred agriculture; Marketing and distribution; Technology transfer between nations; Development constraints, research needs and the future of protected agriculture.
Microirrigation history and research trends; Non-traditional uses of microirrigation; Hydralic design and analysis of microirrigation systems; Microirrigation with saline water; Subsurface drip irrigation; Fertigation and management of microirrigation systems; Sensors and controls in microirrigation; Chemigation and water treatment for microirrigation; Microirrigation alternatives to limited water supplies; Microirrigation of turf and landscapes; Standards and international developments; International status and experiences with microirrigation; Subsurface drip irrigation; Design and management of microirrigation systems; Design and management of microirrigation systems; International status and experiences with microirrigation; Microirrigation of fruit cropsMicroirrigation in vegetable crop systems; Water and energy conservation with microirrigation; Microirrigation in container and greenhouse production; Water filtration for microirrigation; Soil, plant and water relationships with microirrigation; Microirrigation of row crops; Products and developmesnts in microirrigation; Microirrigation for crop production; Uniformity in microirrigation systems; Scheduling of microirrigation system; One-on-one poster presentations.
Our nation's grandest enterprise is our agricultural industry. It is second to none in terms of assets, workers, and exports. Agricultural success has be come an accepted fact and is taken for granted by the majority of the American public. Few believe or are even willing to consider that the con tinued future success of this industry is threatened. Yet threatened it is. The resource base of agriculture is becoming dimin ished through overuse and environmental misuse. A further complication is the competition for agricultural resources by other users. The energy, soil, and water resources cannot sustain agriculture into the far future at their present rate of use. Something must be done to bring about public awareness and support for the changes needed to move our nation toward a sustainable agriculture. More research and funding must be directed toward this end. Our agriculture educators and other information disseminators must make sure that the farmers, politicians, and the public receive the message. Farmers must be willing to make the necessary changes. Something is being done. Our agricultural system is in a transitional stage. Traditional agriculturists are changing some practices and their attitudes.
It is zero hour for a new US water policy! At a time when many countries are adopting new national approaches to water management, the United States still has no cohesive federal policy, and water-related authorities are dispersed across more than 30 agencies. Here, at last, is a vision for what we as a nation need to do to manage our most vital resource. In this book, leading thinkers at world-class water research institution the Pacific Institute present clear and readable analysis and recommendations for a new federal water policy to confront our national and global challenges at a critical time. What exactly is at stake? In the 21st century, pressures on water resources in the United States are growing and conflicts among water users are worsening. Communities continue to struggle to meet water quality standards and to ensure that safe drinking water is available for all. And new challenges are arising as climate change and extreme events worsen, new water quality threats materialize, and financial constraints grow. Yet the United States has not stepped up with adequate leadership to address these problems. The inability of national policymakers to safeguard our water makes the United States increasingly vulnerable to serious disruptions of something most of us take for granted: affordable, reliable, and safe water. This book provides an independent assessment of water issues and water management in the United States, addressing emerging and persistent water challenges from the perspectives of science, public policy, environmental justice, economics, and law. With fascinating case studies and first-person accounts of what helps and hinders good water management, this is a clear-eyed look at what we need for a 21st century U.S. water policy.
From the thinning of the Arctic sea ice to the invasion of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus, State of the World 2001 shows how the economic boom of the last decade has damaged natural systems. The increasingly visible evidence of environmental deterioration is only the tip of a much more dangerous problem: the growing inequities in wealth and income between countries and within countries, inequities that will generate enormous social unrest and pressure for change.