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Status of soil salinity in California


Virgil L. Backlund
Ronald R. Hoppes

Authors Affiliations

Virgil L Backlund is Water Management Engineer, U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service, Davis, California; Ronald R. Hoppes is State Soil Scientist, U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service, Davis, California.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 38(10):8-9. DOI:10.3733/ca.v038n10p8. October 1984.

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Saline and sodic soils occur naturally in arid and semiarid regions, and as water development brings more land into irrigation, the salinity problem expands. The condition is aggravated by poor soil drainage, improper irrigation methods, poor water quality, insufficient water supply for adequate leaching, and insufficient disposal sites for water that leaches salts from the soil. Problems caused by soil salinity are compounded when a high water table impedes root development and concentrates salts in the already limited root zone.

Backlund V, Hoppes R. 1984. Status of soil salinity in California. Hilgardia 38(10):8-9. DOI:10.3733/ca.v038n10p8
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