Effects of long-term subsurface drip irrigation on soil structure

Scott Barber, Asitha Katupitiya, Mark Hickey

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    A study was conducted to examine the changes in soil chemical and physical properties. Testing of the soil chemical and physical properties was conducted on a seven-year old SDI system, laid in Wunnamurra Clay soil in the MIA. The site was planted with processing tomatoes, rockmelons and onions on permanent beds spaced at 1.8m. The preliminary investigations showed a change through the bed in soil colour but not in bulk density. This study has determined changes in clay content, cation levels and the pore space around emitters as a result of SDI. These changes could have inhibited the movement of water by altering soil hydraulic properties and reducing the spread of the irrigation wetting-front.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication10th Australian Agronomy Conference
    EditorsNeville Mendham
    Place of PublicationSandy Bay, Tasmania
    PublisherConference Design Pty Ltd
    Number of pages2
    Publication statusPublished - 2001
    Event10th Australian Agronomy Conference - Hobart, Australia, Australia
    Duration: 29 Jan 200101 Feb 2001


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