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Effect of Subsurface Drip Irrigation on Processing Tomatoes Yield, Water Table Depth, and Soil Salinity
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Paper number 032091, 2003 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.13774) @2003
Authors: Blaine Hanson, Don May
Keywords: Irrigation, processing tomato, salinity, shallow groundwater
This study evaluated the potential of subsurface drip irrigation of processing tomatoes for
reducing subsurface drainage and controlling soil salinity, and for increasing farm profits in areas
affected by saline, shallow ground water. Subsurface drip irrigation systems were installed in three
fields of fine-textured, salt-affected soil along the west side of the San Joaquin Valley. No subsurface
drainage systems were installed in these fields. Yield and quality of processing tomato of the drip
systems were compared with sprinkler irrigation systems used in the remainder of the fields.