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  1. Vol. 60 No. 4, p. 446
    Received: Dec 13, 1967

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Comparison of Materials for Reducing Evaporation of Soil Moisture in Water Efficiency Studies1

  1. A. K. Dobrenz,
  2. D. F. Cole and
  3. R. J. Joy2



Coarse styrofoam was a non-toxic, permeable, lightweight material which reduced evaporation from the soil surface by 78% compared with bare soil. This material is easy to apply and allows for uniform evaporation under controlled environmental conditions which have high temperatures and low humidity.

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