Evaluation of two furrow infiltration measuring methods and furrow spacings
AuthorNyawakira, Bernard, 1955-
AdvisorHart, William E.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe effect of furrow spacing on infiltration should be determined in order to properly design an irrigation system. The blocked furrow infiltrometer (BFI) and the flowing furrow infiltrometer (FFI) methods were investigated for this purpose in two areas upon a precision field furrow. Three irrigations were performed in each method. The initial and final soil moisture contents (before and after irrigation), the furrow cross-section (before and after irrigation), the inflow volume and the furrow water surface elevations (during irrigation) were measured in each test furrow. Cumulative infiltration and infiltration rates were determined for each irrigation. The results indicate that the FFI test furrows infiltrated more water than did the BFI test furrows for the same infiltration time. The infiltration rates were higher in the FFI test furrows than in the BFI test furrows until they approach the basic intake rate. The infiltration rates were also higher during the 0.90 m spacing tests than during the 1.80 m spacing tests. The 0.90 m spacing test furrows infiltrated more water than did the 1.80 m spacing test furrows.
Degree ProgramGraduate College