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Salts in Irrigation Drainage Waters: I. Effects of Irrigation Water Composition, Leaching Fraction, and Time of Year on the Salt Compositions of Irrigation Drainage Waters1


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  1. Vol. 37 No. 5, p. 770-774
    Received: Jan 11, 1973
    Accepted: Mar 16, 1973

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  1. J. D. Rhoades,
  2. R. D. Ingvalson,
  3. J. M. Tucker and
  4. M. Clark2



The compositions of percolated drainage waters resulting from the use of eight synthesized river waters of the Western USA under conditions of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) production in a controlled lysimeter experiment are presented. The compositions are shown to be affected by (i) the composition of the river water used for irrigation; (ii) the fraction of applied water that appeared as drainage water; (iii) the presence or absence of soil CaCO3; (iv) whether or not the drainage water is open to the atmosphere, and (v) the time of year.

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