The effect of rice culture on a nonsaline sodic soil of the Fresno series
R. K. Schulz
Authors AffiliationsRoy Overstreet was Professor of Soil Chemistry, Department Soils and Plant Nutrition and Soil Chemist in the Experiment Station, Berkeley; R. K. Schulz was Assistant Specialist in the Experiment Station, Berkeley.
Hilgardia 27(12):319-332. DOI:10.3733/hilg.v27n12p319. May 1958.
Four experimental plots were laid out in order to study the effect of rice culture on a nonsaline sodic soil of the Fresno series. The plots were situated near Traver, California, on land which had failed to produce an economical stand of cotton.
Good yields of rice were obtained on three of the plots and, on the basis of greenhouse tests, a general improvement in productivity as a result of the rice culture was noted. This increase in productivity, however, was not indicated in chemical tests made on the soils before and after rice.
It is concluded that rice culture serves as an efficient means of reclaiming this type of soil. It is concluded further that the accepted chemical methods for assessing the productivity of salt-affected soils may prove inadequate in important instances.
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