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Soil Water and Agronomic Productivity

1st Edition

Edited by Rattan Lal, B.A. Stewart

CRC Press

594 pages | 203 B/W Illus.

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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

About the Editors

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.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General