1st Edition

Sustainable Micro Irrigation Design Systems for Agricultural Crops Methods and Practices

Edited By Megh R. Goyal, P. Panigrahi Copyright 2015
    358 Pages 51 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    358 Pages 51 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    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.

    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

    Balram Panigrahi

    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

    "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