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Soil Science Society of America Journal Abstract -

Corn and Alfalfa Production as Influenced by Irrigation and Salinity1


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  1. Vol. 41 No. 3, p. 606-610
    Received: Aug 17, 1976
    Accepted: Nov 23, 1976

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  1. R. J. Hanks,
  2. T. E. Sullivan and
  3. V. E. Hunsaker



Yields of corn and alfalfa were determined where both salinity and water stress were imposed. Yields of corn (Zea mays L.) at Logan, Utah in 1975 were decreased by salinity or water stress (caused by low irrigation levels) in direct relation to the decrease in evapotranspiration. The decrease in evapotranspiration was caused by a decrease in soil water depletion, indicating that salinity influenced soil water availability. Corn yields at Vernal, Utah in 1974 were decreased by salinity, but to a considerably lesser extent by low irrigation, probably because of water flow upward into the root zone from a water table. Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) yields at Vernal in 1974 were not decreased by salinity or by low irrigation rates, because of water supplied by a water table and used by roots below the zone of salinity.

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