Reclamation of salt-affected high boron soils in western Kern County
AuthorsF. T. Bingham
A. W. Marsh
Authors AffiliationsF. T. Bingham was Professor of Soil Science and Chemist in the Experiment Station, Riverside; A. W. Marsh was Irrigation and Soils Specialist, Agricultural Extension Service, Riverside; R. Branson was Soils and Water Specialist, Agricultural Extension Service, Riverside; R. Mahler was Staff Research Associate, Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Engineering, Riverside; G. Ferry was formerly Farm Advisor, Kern County, now County Director, Kings County.
Hilgardia 41(8):195-211. DOI:10.3733/hilg.v41n08p195. February 1972.
Two experiments were conducted in the west side of Kern County to evaluate and develop appropriate reclamation procedures for salt-affected high boron soils. The experiments consisted of sprinkler irrigation applied at two rates with straw, gypsum, and slip-plowing. The reclamation was primarily in response to depth of water percolating through the soil profile and that neither amendments nor slip-plowing facilitated reclamation. Soluble salts were reduced to safe levels throughout 5-foot soil profiles by application of about 5 acre-feet of water. Reduction of boron and exchangeable sodium to safe levels required approximately 15 acre-feet of water. No resalinization occurred upon fallowing leached soil profiles for 12 months.
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