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Plastic rice levees: Shown economically feasible


D. C. Lewis
V. H. Scott
K. E. Mueller
K. L. Viste
A. F. Babb
D. R. Fox

Authors Affiliations

Davis C. Lewis is Junior Research Irrigation Engineer, University of California, Davis; Verne H. Scott is Associate Professor of Irrigation and Associate Irrigation Engineer, U.C., Davis; Kenneth E. Mueller is Superintendent of the California Cooperative Rice Research Foundation's Experiment Station at Biggs in Butte County; Kenneth L. Viste is Research Agronomist, Crops Research Division, Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture, Agronomy Department, U.C., Davis; Alan F. Babb is Assistant Engineer in Irrigation, U.C., Davis; Donald R. Fox is Farm Advisor, Yuba County, University of California.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 16(3):8-10. DOI:10.3733/ca.v016n03p8. March 1962.

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Despite higher annual installation costs, benefits from use of plastic levees for rice production can result in earnings of about one and a half times the extra cost, as compared with soil levees. Increased yields per acre result from production on land otherwise taken up by soil levees. Savings in time, labor and machinery are possible in tillage and harvesting operations. Plastic levees also permit a more rapid harvest so that problems with early fall rains are minimized. Photo to left shows completed plastic rice levee with upper check flooded.

Lewis D, Scott V, Mueller K, Viste K, Babb A, Fox D. 1962. Plastic rice levees: Shown economically feasible. Hilgardia 16(3):8-10. DOI:10.3733/ca.v016n03p8
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