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Management alternatives: Crop, water, and soil


J. D. Oster
Glenn J. Hoffman
Frank E. Robinson

Authors Affiliations

J. D. Oster is Soils and Water Specialist, Cooperative Extension, University of California, Riverside; Glenn J. Hoffman is Research Leader, Pacific Basin Area, Water Management Research, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service; Frank E. Robinson is Lecturer, Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, UC Davis.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 38(10):29-32. DOI:10.3733/ca.v038n10p29. October 1984.

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All waters and soils contain salt. Even nonsaline irrigation waters like those of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta contain enough salt to create a hazard if drainage is insufficient. Delta channel waters typically have an electrical conductivity of about 0.2 dS/m (about 128 mg/L salt) and contain 350 pounds of salt per acre-foot of water. With adequate subsurface drainage and an average annual rainfall of 15 inches, however, neither salinity nor a shallow water table is a problem.

Oster J, Hoffman G, Robinson F. 1984. Management alternatives: Crop, water, and soil. Hilgardia 38(10):29-32. DOI:10.3733/ca.v038n10p29
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