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Reclamation of a saline and high boron soil in the Coachella Valley of California


R. C. Reeve
A. F. Pillsbury
L. V. Wilcox

Authors Affiliations

R. C. Reeve was Agricultural Engineer, United States Salinity Laboratory, Riverside, California; A. F. Pillsbury was Professor of Irrigation, University of California at Los Angeles; L. V. Wilcox was Professor of Soil Scientist, United States Salinity Laboratory, Riverside, California, respectively.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 24(4):69-91. DOI:10.3733/hilg.v24n04p069. September 1955.

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With the expansion of irrigated agriculture throughout the world, much land now saline or alkaline must be reclaimed. Reported herein are the results of both flushing and leaching salts from a saline-alkali soil in the Coachella Valley of California’s Colorado Desert. The paper presents a quantitative evaluation of the effectiveness of removing a salt crust by flushing, and it compares the removal of the usual salts with the removal of a high concentration of boron.

Flushing as a reclamation procedure was found to be ineffective. Leaching was found to remove 80 per cent of the initially high salts with the application of one foot of water for each foot depth of soil considered. Equal leaching of boron required three times as much water.

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Reeve R, Pillsbury A, Wilcox L. 1955. Reclamation of a saline and high boron soil in the Coachella Valley of California. Hilgardia 24(4):69-91. DOI:10.3733/hilg.v24n04p069
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