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Water Content Changes Following Irrigation of Bare-Field Soil That is Protected from Evaporation1


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  1. Vol. 21 No. 4, p. 355-356
    Received: June 4, 1956
    Accepted: Mar 29, 1957

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  1. Gen Ogata and
  2. L. A. Richards2



Water content changes were measured in a field plot of sandy loam soil. Following basin irrigation with 35 cm. of water, the soil surface was sealed with a sheet of polyethylene and covered with 10 cm. of straw. The measurements were made over a 50-day interval during the summer of 1955. It was found for this soil that the water content, WD, expressed in surface cm. of water in a surface layer of soil of depth D cm. could be closely related to the time T in days following irrigation by WD = (0.52 + 0.209 D + 0.00053 D2) T-0.128. The downward flow rate dWD/dT = vD, expressed in cubic cm. per sq. cm. per day, as related to depth, and time is obtained by differentiation of the water content equation. Hydraulic head values in the field soil were measured. The capillary conductivity values calculated from the field data were found to be in agreement with values obtained previously by both laboratory and field methods for this soil.

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