UW Extension bulletin explores soil water basics for irrigation management

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Vivek Sharma, UW Extension irrigation specialist

Understanding soil-water relationships for more efficient irrigation is the focus of a new bulletin from the University of Wyoming Extension.

Extension irrigation specialist Vivek Sharma explores the basics of soil water concepts and associated terms in Irrigation Management: Basics of Soil Water, B-1330

A better understanding of definitions and terms associated with soil water can aid communication between agricultural producers, irrigation practitioners, extension personnel, researchers and water management and regulatory agency personnel, said Sharma, based at the Powell Research and Extension Center and an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at UW.

Topics include soil composition, soil bulk density, soil water content, the soil moisture characteristic curve, available water capacity, total available water and the water balance, among others.

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