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Improving orchard soil structure and water penetration

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Daniel C. Moore, Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, University of California, Davis
Michael J. Singer, Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, University of California, Davis
William H. Olson, UC Cooperative Extension, Butte County

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California Agriculture 43(5):7-9.

Published September 01, 1989

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Abstract

Soil surface crusts can severely limit water infiltration and tree crop production. Vegetative cover and gypsum treatments in an orchard increased soil structural stability and may reduce crust formation in the long term. Tillage improved short-term water penetration by temporarily breaking up the crust.

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This research received funding through the Kearney Foundation of Soil Science 1986–91 mission “Water Penetration Problems in California Soils.” The authors thank Greg Correa, Onstott Orchards, for his cooperation, and Richard Pelton, UC Davis.

Improving orchard soil structure and water penetration

Daniel C. Moore, Michael J. Singer, William H. Olson
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Improving orchard soil structure and water penetration

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Authors

Daniel C. Moore, Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, University of California, Davis
Michael J. Singer, Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, University of California, Davis
William H. Olson, UC Cooperative Extension, Butte County

Publication Information

California Agriculture 43(5):7-9.

Published September 01, 1989

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Author Affiliations show

Abstract

Soil surface crusts can severely limit water infiltration and tree crop production. Vegetative cover and gypsum treatments in an orchard increased soil structural stability and may reduce crust formation in the long term. Tillage improved short-term water penetration by temporarily breaking up the crust.

Full text

Full text is available in PDF.

Author notes

This research received funding through the Kearney Foundation of Soil Science 1986–91 mission “Water Penetration Problems in California Soils.” The authors thank Greg Correa, Onstott Orchards, for his cooperation, and Richard Pelton, UC Davis.


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