This new book, Sustainable Micro Irrigation Design Systems for Agricultural Crops, brings together the best research for efficient micro irrigation methods for field crops, focusing on design methods and best practices.
Covering a multitude of topics, the book presents research and studies on:
- Indigenous alternatives for use of saline and alkali waters
- Hydraulic performance
- Distribution of moisture
- Fertigation technology
- Buried micro irrigation laterals
- Drip irrigation scheduling
- Rainwater harvesting
- Adoption and economic impact of a micro irrigation model
This book is a must for those interested in irrigation planning and management, namely, researchers, scientists, educators, and students.
Table of Contents
Foreword 1 by Gajendra Singh
Foreword 2 by Suresh Kumar Devarajulu
Foreword 3 by B. D. Pandian
Part I: Design Methods in Drip/Trickle or Micro Irrigation
Drip Irrigation and Indigenous Alternatives for Use of Saline and Alkali Waters in India: Review
S. K. Gupta
Hydraulic Performance of Drip Irrigation System: Review
B. C. Kusre and Pradip K. Bora
Moisture Distribution under Drip Irrigation
D. V. Tathod, Y. V. Mahatale, and V.K. Chavan
Wetted Zone Behavior under Micro Irrigated Crops
Hammami Moncef, Daghari Hédi, and Hatira Abdessatar
Fertigation Technology in Indian Agriculture
A. S. Kadale and G. D. Gadade
Design of Buried Micro Irrigation Laterals Based on Soil Water Retention
Hammami Moncef, Zayani Khemaies, and Hédi Ben Ali
Hydraulics of Drip Irrigation Systems
Part II: Practices in Micro Irrigation
Impacts of Micro Irrigation Subsidies in Tamil Nadu from the World Bank
G. Parthasarathi, S. Senthilnathan, and L. Suresh
Adoption and Economic Impact Models of Micro Irrigation in Zambia
Simeon DiGennaro and David S. Kraybill
Performance of Micro Sprinkler Irrigated Groundnut
Mohammed Waseem and Ibrahim Khaleel
Irrigation Scheduling of Wheat under Micro-Sprinkler Irrigation
J. P. Vishwanath and M. M. Deshmukh
Drip Irrigation Scheduling Based on Partial Root Zone in Citrus
P. Panigrahi1, R. K. Sharma, and S. Mohanty
Drip Irrigation Scheduling for Citrus reticulata Blanco
P. Panigrahi, A. K. Srivastava, and A. D Huchche
Micro Irrigation and Fertigation Scheduling in Citrus
P. Panigrahi and A. K. Srivastava
Integrating Micro Irrigation with Rainwater Harvesting in Citrus
P. Panigrahi, A. D. Huchche, and A. K. Srivastava
Megh R. Goyal, PhD, PE, is a retired professor in agricultural and biomedical engineering from the General Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at University of Puerto Rico–Mayaguez Campus; and senior acquisitions editor and senior technical editor-in-chief in agriculture and biomedical engineering for Apple Academic Press Inc. He received his BSc in engineering in 1971 from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India; his MSc in 1977 and PhD in 1979 from the Ohio State University, Columbus; and his master of divinity in 2001 from Puerto Rico Evangelical Seminary, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, USA. He spent a one-year sabbatical leave in 2002–2003 at the Biomedical Engineering Department at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, USA. Since 1971, he has worked as soil conservation inspector (1971); research assistant at Haryana Agricultural University (1972–75) and Ohio State University (1975–79); research agricultural engineer/professor at the Department of Agricultural Engineering of UPRM (1979–1997); and professor in agricultural and biomedical engineering in the General Engineering Department of UPRM (1997–2012).
He was the first agricultural engineer to receive a professional license in Agricultural Engineering in 1986 from College of Engineers and Surveyors of Puerto Rico. On September 16, 2005, he was proclaimed as "Father of Irrigation Engineering in Puerto Rico for the twentieth century" by the ASABE, Puerto Rico Section, for his pioneering work on micro irrigation, evapotranspiration, agroclimatology, and soil and water engineering. During his professional career of 45 years, he has received awards such as Scientist of the Year, Blue Ribbon Extension Award, Research Paper Award, Nolan Mitchell Young Extension Worker Award, Agricultural Engineer of the Year, Citations by Mayors of Juana Diaz and Ponce, Membership Grand Prize for ASAE Campaign, Felix Castro Rodriguez Academic Excellence, Rashtrya Ratan Award and Bharat Excellence Award and Gold Medal, Domingo Marrero Navarro Prize, Adopted Son of Moca, Irrigation Protagonist of UPRM, and Man of Drip Irrigation by Mayor of Municipalities of Mayaguez/Caguas/Ponce and Senate/Secretary of Agriculture of ELA, Puerto Rico.
He has authored more than 200 journal articles and textbooks, including Elements of Agroclimatology (Spanish) by UNISARC, Colombia, and two Bibliographies on Drip Irrigation. Apple Academic Press Inc. (AAP) has published his books, namely Biofluid Dynamics of Human Body, Management of Drip/Trickle or Micro Irrigation, Evapotranspiration: Principles and Applications for Water Management, Sustainable Micro Irrigation Design Systems for Agricultural Crops: Practices and Theory, Biomechanics of Artificial Organs and Prostheses, and Scientific and Technical Terms in Bioengineering and Biotechnology. During 2014–15, AAP is publishing his ten-volume set, Research Advances in Sustainable Micro Irrigation.
P. Panigrahi, PhD, is working as senior scientist at the Indian Institute of Water Management (formerly Directorate of Water Management) under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Bhubaneswar in Odisha, India. He has worked on water management issues in vegetables and fruit crops, especially in citrus, and has developed a methodology to enhance water use efficiency under surface irrigation and standardized the alternate furrow irrigation and mulching in different vegetables including okra. He has also worked to standardize water harvesting and on micro irrigation, fertigation, and irrigation design and scheduling in citrus. He has studied the response of deficit and partial root zone drying techniques in citrus under semi-arid conditions and developed a methodology to forecast fruit yield under differential water stress condition in citrus during his PhD research. Presently he is working on runoff harvesting and recycling systems, partial root zone drying in mango, and micro irrigation in rice-based cropping sequence in sub-humid tropical region. In addition, he is also teaching on watershed management and irrigation management in India. He has worked as an expert on different consultancy projects related to water management and has published more than 50 peer-reviewed research publications and bulletins. He has also reviewed a number of research papers in different prestigious international journals. He has also attended and presented his works in different national and international conferences. Dr. Panigrahi obtained his BTech and MTech degrees in agricultural engineering in 1996 and 1999, respectively, from Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT), Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. He received his PhD in water science and technology from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, India in 2012.
"I congratulate the editors on the completion and publication of this book volume under the series on Innovations and Challenges in Micro Irrigation. Water for food production is clearly one of the grand challenges of the twenty-first century. Hopefully this book series will help irrigators and famers around the world to increase the adoption of water savings technology such as micro irrigation."
—Vincent F. Bralts, PhD, PE, Professor and Former Associate Dean, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
"Informative and is a must for all irrigation planners to minimize the problem of water scarcity worldwide. The Father of Irrigation Engineering in Puerto Rico of the twentieth century and pioneer on micro irrigation in Latin America, Dr. Goyal [my longtime colleague] has done an extraordinary job in the presentation of this book volume."
—Miguel A Muñoz, PhD, Former President of University of Puerto Rico, and Professor/Soil Scientist
"I congratulate Dr. Goyal on his professional contributions and his distinction in micro irrigation. I believe that this innovative book series will aid the irrigation fraternity throughout the world."
—A. M. Michael, PhD, Former Professor/Director, Water Technology Center–IARI; Former Vice-Chancellor, Kerala Agricultural University, Trichur, Kerala