This important book—the only complete, one-stop manual on microirrigation worldwide--offers knowledge and techniques necessary to develop and manage a drip/trickle or micro irrigation system. The simplicity of the contents facilitates a technician to develop an effective micro irrigation system.
Management of Drip/Trickle or Micro Irrigation includes the basic considerations relating to soil-water-plant interactions, with topics such as methods for soil moisture measurement; evapotranspiration; irrigation systems; tensiometer use and installation; principles of drip/ micro/ trickle irrigation; filtration systems; automation; chloration; service and maintenance; design of drip irrigation and lateral lines; the evaluation of uniformity of application; and an economical analysis for selecting irrigation technology.
Table of Contents
Methods to Measure Soil Moisture
The Tensiometer: Use, Installation, and Maintenance
Principles of Drip/Trickle or Micro Irrigation
Service and Maintenance
Design of Trickle Irrigation Systems
Design of Lateral Lines
Evaluation of the Uniformity Coefficients
Use of Soil Mulch
Dr. Megh Raj Goyal obtained his bachelor degree in agricultural engineering from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India. He obtained his MS and PhD degrees in agricultural engineering from Ohio State University, USA. At present, he is a professor of agricultural and biomedical engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez campus. He has published more than 200 technical articles in professional journals, a textbook on the elements of agroclimatology, conference proceedings on biomechanics, and two bibliographies on micro irrigation. A professionally licensed engineer, he is known as the "Father of Irrigation" in Puerto Rico.
"Professor Goyal is a reputed agricultural engineer in the world and has wide knowledge and experience in soil and water conservation engineering, particularly in drip irrigation. [The book] brings experience and knowledge about drip irrigation. A valuable book."
—Dr. R. K. Sivanappan, Former Dean and Professor, College of Agricultural Engineering and Founding Director of the Water Technology Centre at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India
"The publication of this book is an indication that things are beginning to change, that we are beginning to realize the importance of water conservation to minimize hunger. In providing this resource, Dr. Goyal has done an unselfish job in the presentation of this manual, which is simple, thorough, complete, and useful during the world economic crisis."
—Gajendra Singh, PhD, President, Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers; Former Vice Chancellor, Doon University, Dehradun, India
"Dr. Goyal has spent his professional career learning and teaching the practice of drip/trickle and micro-irrigation. In this text, readers may access the combined knowledge of Dr. Goyal and his engineering colleagues for improved water application and management techniques."
—Kenneth H. Solomon, PhD, PE, Founding Director, Fresno Center for Irrigation Technology, California; Past Chairman and Professor of the BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department, California Polytechnic State University