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1st Edition

Soil Water and Agronomic Productivity

ISBN 9781439850794
Published June 19, 2012 by CRC Press
594 Pages 203 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Crop water use can be increased by management of surface runoff, groundwater, irrigation, and soil water. Technological innovations to enhance availability of water for agricultural crops depend on soil and site-specific conditions. Devoted to the principles and practices of enhancing water use efficiency, Soil Water and Agronomic Productivity addresses current problems associated with water supplies required for agricultural purposes and food production.

Written for professionals and students in agricultural fields, the book focuses on innovative technologies for improving soil water availability, enhancing water use efficiency, and using productive irrigation systems. It also presents techniques to conserve water in the root zone as well as remote sensing techniques to assess soil water regime and predict drought on a regional scale.

Soil water management is crucial to reducing the vulnerability to agronomic drought. There are numerous examples of aquifers that have been severely depleted by misuse and mismanagement. Soil Water and Agronomic Productivity explains the factors and causes of the mismanagement of soil water and proposes options for sustainable and efficient use of scarce water resources. Meeting the global food demand will require careful worldwide management of soil and water resources, and this can only be done by sharing information and knowledge.

Part of the Advances in Soil Science Series

Table of Contents

Water and Agronomic Productivity
Global Water Balance and Agronomic Production in Relation to Food Security
Raveendra Kumar Rai and Vijay P. Singh
Soil Water and Agronomic Production
Rattan Lal

Water Resources and Agriculture
Changes in Precipitation During the Twentieth Century Across a Latitude Gradient in the United States
Anjali Dubey and Rattan Lal
Desired Future Conditions for Groundwater Availability in the High Plains Aquifer System
Z. Sheng, C. Wang, J. Gastelum, S. Zhao, and J. Bordovsky
Competition Between Environmental, Urban, and Rural Groundwater Demands and the Impacts on Agriculture in Edwards Aquifer Area, Texas
Venkatesh Uddameri and Vijay P. Singh
Sustaining Groundwater Use in South Asia
Meharban Singh Kahlon, Rattan Lal, and Pritpal Singh Lubana
Water Resources and Agronomic Productivity in West Asia and North Africa Region
Mostafa Ibrahim, Rattan Lal, ElSayed Abdel Bary, and Atef Swelam
Water Management for Crop Production in Arid Lands
A.J. Clemmens, K.F. Bronson, D.J. Hunsaker, and E. Bautista

Irrigation and Soil Water Management
Site-Specific Irrigation Management: Precision Agriculture for Improved Water-Use Efficiency
Susan A. O’Shaughnessy, Steve R. Evett, Paul D. Colaizzi, Terry A. Howell, and Robert G. Evans
Sustainable Soil Water Management Systems
G. Basch, A. Kassam, T. Friedrich, F.L. Santos, P.I. Gubiani, A. Calegari, J.M. Reichert, and D.R. dos Santos
Sustainable Management of Brackish Water Agriculture
P.S. Minhas
China’s Food Security and Soil Water Management: A Green-Water and Blue-Water Approach
Li Baoguo and Huang Feng

Agronomic Management of Soil and Crop
Sustainable Management of Scarce Water Resource in Tropical Rainfed Agriculture
Suhas P. Wani, Kaushal K. Garg, Anil Kumar Singh, and Johan Rockström
Manipulating Crop Geometries to Increase Yields in Dryland Areas
B.A. Stewart and Rattan Lal
Mulch Tillage for Conserving Soil Water
Paul W. Unger, R. Louis Baumhardt, and Francisco J. Arriaga
Enhancing Precipitation Use Efficiency in the World’s Dryland Agroecosystems
G.A. Peterson, D.G. Westfall, and N.C. Hansen
Historical and Present Usage of Shatian Gravel Mulch for Crop Production in Arid and Semiarid Regions of Northwestern China
Liang Wei-li, Gao Wang-sheng, Xu Qiang, and Huang Gao-bao
Improving Wheat Yield and Water-Use Efficiency under Semiarid Environment: The US Southern Great Plains and China’s Loess Plateau
Qingwu Xue, Wenzhao Liu, and B.A. Stewart

Policy and Economics
Sustainable Land and Water Management Policies
Claudia Ringler and Ephraim Nkonya

Tools of Watershed Management
Watershed Management for Erosion and Sedimentation Control Case Study: Goodwin Creek, Panola County, MS
Seth M. Dabney, F. Doug Shields, Ronald L. Bingner, Roger A. Kuhnle, and James R. Rigby

Research and Development Priorities
Toward Enhancing Storage of Soil Water and Agronomic Productivity
Rattan Lal

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Rattan Lal is a professor of soil physics in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, and Director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, FAES/OARDC at the Ohio State University.

B.A. Stewart is Distinguished Professor of Soil Science at West Texas A & M University, in Canyon. He is also Director of the Dryland Agriculture Institute.