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Cotton, Tomato, Corn, and Onion Production with Subsurface Drip Irrigation: A Review

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Transactions of the ASABE. 59(1): 263-278. (doi: 10.13031/trans.59.11231) @2016
Authors:   Freddie R. Lamm
Keywords:   Crop production, Irrigation methods, Microirrigation, SDI, Trickle irrigation.

Abstract. The usage of subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) has increased by 89% in the U.S. during the past ten years according to USDA-NASS estimates, and over 93% of the SDI land area is located in just ten states. Combining public entity and private industry perceptions of SDI in these ten states, the major crops were tentatively identified as cotton, processing tomato, field corn, and onion. An extensive literature review of SDI usage for these four crops was performed concentrating on irrigation system comparisons, water and/or nutrient management, and SDI system design criteria. Although many crops potentially can be grown with SDI, the results presented here may be a relatively representative cross-section of the various opportunities and challenges of SDI for general crop production.

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