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1 FORMATION OF SOIL Most soil begins to form when big rocks break up. Freezing water makes a powerful force. Weathering makes pieces of rocks smaller and smaller.Chemical weathering changes the materials that make up rocks. rivers flow over rocks. When water seeps into cracks in rocks and freezes. After weathering breaks up rocks. Ice is frost water. 1. strong winds and growing tree roots can also break up rocks. physical and chemical weathering. The breaking up of rocks is called weathering. a process called Erosion spreads the bite about. Rain pours down on rocks.WEEK ONE 1.2 CAUSES OF WEATHERING Most physical weathering is caused by ice. and water expands when it freezes. it can split the rock apart. chemical and Biological processes. water and air formed from the underlying rocks plant and animal material by various physical. and waves 7 .0 INTRODUCTION Soils is that thin layer of the earth made up of a mixture of mineral and organic materials. There are two types of weathering. 1. Water causes most chemical Weathering .

3 FUNCTIONS OF SOIL Soil provides anchorage to roots enabling plants to stand erect. It provides space for air and aeration which create a healthy environment for the biological activity of soil organisms. Erosion can help break up rocks. It acts as a store house of water and nutrients for plant growth.4 IMPORTANCE IN SOIL STUDIES Soil physical properties Soil chemistry and nutrient availability Soil management – Management of irrigation drainage and conservation Soil pesticide interaction Weathering and soil formation Soil classification. 1. 8 . It acts as an abode of flora and fauna which suitably transform nutrients for up take by plant roots. The water takes certain minerals out of rocks. grains of sand form after water takes mineral called feldspar out of granite rock. wind and glaciers cause erosion. 1.pound rocks along beaches. Water. For example. Erosion also makes soil.

e. physics and biology and also fertility of soil in relation to the genesis of soil. b. Soil genesis and classification (pedology) – deals with weathering of rocks and minerals factors and processes of formation of soils. their descriptions and classification. Soil physics – is that branch of soil science which deals with the mechanical behaviours of soil mass. (primary rock mineral and secondary minerals) present in soil and their contribution to the chemistry. Soil mineralogy – deals with the minerals. and classification of soils in a recognized system. the physical properties of soils as well as the measurement and control of physical processes. Soil survey – I the systematic examination of soil in the field and laboratories. g. the mapping of kinds of an area and also interpretation of soils according to adaptability to various 9 . d. f.e. i.5 BRANCHES OF SOIL SCIENCE a. c.1. Soil chemistry – deals with chemical opposition and properties of soil and describe the chemical processes taking place in the soil. Soil biology – deals with ecology the organism and their role in biological transformation in the soil. Soil fertility – deals with the nutrient status or ability of soil to supply nutrients for plant growth under favourable condition.

h. soil are made up mostly of secondary minerals which are formed from the products of the weathering of primary rock minerals Unlike rocks. Unlike rocks. plants and their productivity under different management systems. The solid material fall into two main categories. soils are distributed in regular fashion over the earth’s surface in accord with the variations in climate. 1.7 COMPONENTS OF SOIL The soil body may be thought of as consisting of two main components. plant roots and tiny plants and animals called micro-organisms. Unlike rocks. soils contain active organic matter in the form of humus. that is mineral matter and organic matter. 1. vegetation and relief. the macro pores or large open space which are 10 . 1.8 TYPES OF PORE SPACES There are two types of pore space. i.6 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SOIL AND ROCK Although soils are mainly formed from rocks. Soil technology – is an applied science and deal with the principles and practices of soil erosion and conservation and management of problem soil. rocks. they differ from rocks in three main ways. Solid materials and pore spaces.

ii. 11 Air .normally occupied by air and the micro pore or small spaces which normally contain water. iii. iv. Sand Silt Clay These are differentiated on the basis of the sizes of the particles. Thus the soil is made up of four main constituents (a) Mineral matter (b) Organic matter (c) Water and (d) Air K-soil phase Organic matter Mineral matter pore space Water The mineral matter consists of all solid in organic material in the soil and they include:- (i) Rock fragments which are un decomposed reminants of the original rock material from which the soil is formed.

The particle size distribution determines the soils coarseness or fineness. to gravel. A silty clay loam is similar to silty cl ay except that it contains sand in a sizable proportion sandy. or the soil’s texture. The soil texture:. soils are composed of mineral and organic particle of varying sizes. are loose and non cohesive. structure.texture. to sand. silt and clay in soil. Texture is therefore the relative proportions of sand. density. consistence.WEEK TWO 2.0 SOIL PHYSICAL PROPERTIES Physically. and to very small day particles. Texture is designated by using the names of predominant size fraction and the word “loam” when ever all three major size fractions occur in sizable proportions.The physical and chemical weathering of rocks and minerals results in a wide range in size of particles from stones. Soils are classified as coarse – textured. loam soils are medium. to silt. Thus the term “siltyclay describes a soil in which the day characteristics are outstanding and which also contains a substantial quantity of silt. Textured and day soils are fine textured. The physical properties include: . porosity. The least complex textured group is sand which contains less than 15% silt and day sandy soils are relatively inert chemically. The particles are arranged in a matrix that results in about 50% pore space. and has a low water holding 12 . color etc. The pore space and filled with water and air.

The textural properties may be modified appreciably by organic matter content. Example.capacity. aggregation effects of organic matter tend to give a fine textured soil high in days some of the pore space properties of a coarser – textured soil. colloid all effect of organic additions to coarse textured sandy soil give it some of the moisture and cation retention characteristic of a fine – textured soil. The figure below shows the textured triangle of the limited of sand. Similarly. Soil therefore can be describe by the following 13 . day and silt. The textural classification has only on approximate relation ship to the behavior of a soil as a medium for plant growth. The kind of day minerals present and kinds of iron associated with them.

Sample weight – 40 second reading x 100 = % sand Sample weight 50g – 30g x 100 = 40% sand 50g 14 .Percentage silt Percentage clay Clay Silty Clay Sandy loam Clay loam Sandy clay loam Sandy Loam Loam Silt Loam Silty Clay Loam Silt 100% Silt 20 10 100% Sand Sand Loam sand 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 Percentage sand Problem: .calculate the percentage of sand. day and silt when the 40 second and 8 hour by diameter reading are 30 and 12 respectively assume a 50 gram oil sample is used.

silt. the size and shape of the structural units and the proportion of the soil particles involved in the unit differ considerably among soils. and day particles. the strength of the bond.2 SOIL CONSISTENCE Consistence is the resistance of the soil to deformation or rupture. The shape and size of the peds determine the soil structure. However. 2. where as structure is used in reference to arrangement of the oil particles. and silt and day particles are typically arranged into secondary particles called peds or aggregate.1 SOIL STRUCTURE Texture is used in reference to the size of soil particle. Grouping of particles into structural units occurs in all soils. The macroscopic size of most peds results in the existence of interped pace that much larger than the spaces existing between adjacent sand. 2.8hr reading x 100 = % day Sample weight 12g x 100 = 24% day 50g 100 – (40 + 24%) = 36% silt. It is determined by 15 . The structure modifies the influence of texture with regard to water and air relationships and the ease of root penetration.

4.the cohesive and adhesive properties of the entire soil mass. size and distinctiveness of natural soil aggregate. 2. 3.3 SOIL CONSISTENCE TERMS Consistence is described for three moisture levels wet. firm when moist. 5. into various shapes when wet. firm Dry soil – Loose.4 SOIL COLOUR Colour is about the most obvious and easily determined soil property. friable. 2. A partial list of term used to describe consistence include:1. Two additional consistence terms for special situations are cemented and indurated. Friable soils readily break apart and are not sticky when moist. hard Wet soil – non sticky . Moist soil. consistence deals with the strength and nature of the forces consistence is important for tillage and traffic considerations. moist.loose. and dry. Soil colour is 16 . soft. A given soil may be sticky when wet. Where as structure deals with the shape. and hard when dry. 2. non plastic. sticky. plastic Plastic soil is capable of being molded or deformed continuously and permanently. by relatively moderate pressure.

The three variables that combine to give colours. Iron compounds. each having colour chip arranged systematically according to their hue. The books consist of pages. 6 is the value and 4 is the chroma.The major colouring agents of most horizons are non compounds in various states of oxidation and hydration. 17 . Hue refers to wave length or colour of the light. 2. value and chroma. The soil colours are determined by matching the colour of a soil sample with colour chip in a munsells oil colour Brok. 2.is a major clouring agent that affect soil colour.5 FACTORS AFFECTING SOIL COLOUR 1. and distribution in the soil profile. value and chroma. amount. Chroma. elevation. In the notation. This colour system enables a person to communicate accurately the colour of a soil to any one in the world. The three properties are always given in the order of hue. This colour is lightyellowish brown.refers to the relative purity of the dominant wave length of the light. Organic Matter. and the organic matter content. depending on its nature. Value refers to the quantity of light and it increases from dark to light colours.important because it is an indirect measure of other important characteristics such as water drainage. 10 year the hue. 10 year before. Thus colour is used with other characteristics to make many important references regarding soil formation and land use.

Soil density is the mass per unit volume of the soil particles. The diagram below show the volume and mass relationships of the three soil phases. Volume relative Mass relative Ma= Mass of air (negligible) Mw=Mass of water Ms=Mass of solid Mt=Total mass(Ma+Mw+Ms) Va=Volume of air Vw=volume of water Vs=Volume of solids Vf=Volume of pores Vt=Total volume (Vf+Vs) 4 va ma vw Air ma Vt mw m mw Water ms Solids mt vs ms The diagram above shows the presence of the three phases in relative proportion both in masses and volume.0 VOLUME AND MASS RELATIONSHIP OF SOIL CONTITUENTS The constituent of the oil are the solids. ρs =Ms Vsρw. 18 . liquids (water) and air. Dry bulk density ρb is the ratio of the mass of dried particles to the total volume of solid (including particles and pores). Density of solids of soil is the ratio of mass of solid to it volume. The ratio of mass of solid to its volume in which ρw= density of water @ 40c.WEEK THREE 3.

In the case of void ratio. n = Vf Vt = Va + Vw V a + Va + Vw Porosity is an index of the relative volume of pores. where as in case of porosity the volume of pores may change without change in the volume of solids. The following relationships exit between porosity and volume ratio to apparent and true specific gravity. ρb = ρs (1 – n) 100 19 . The more finely divided are the individual soil particle. The term is commonly used in engineering works relating to the compaction of foundation.The quantity expressing the ratio of the volume of pores to the volume of solid is term the as void ratio or relative porosity. e = Vf = Vf Va + Vw Vs This index has certain advantages over porosity. the greater is the porosity. It is influenced by the textural and structural characteristic of the oil. Total volume changes with volume change of voids. Embankment etc.ρb = Mt Vt = Ms Vs + Vw + Va Total (wet) bulk density I the mass of moist soil per unit volume ρt = Mt Vt = M + Mw Vs + Vw + Va Porosity – is the ratio of the volume of pores (voids) to the total oil volume. Void ratio.

1g/cm3 = 550g Weight of water in saturated core = 825 – 550g = 275g 20 20 . The soil core is placed in a pan of water and becomes water saturated. The oven dry soil and water at saturation weight 825 grams. Calculate the total soil porosity.1g/ cm3. Weight of oven dry soil = 500m3 x 1. Question 1:.1 SOIL WETNESS Moisture content – Degree of saturation should not be confused with moisture content. Moisture content = m = Ww Ws Volume of wetness.Where ρs = ρb (1 + e) 3.. which is the ratio of the weight of water in the sample to weight of solids. Degree of saturation = Vw Vf = Vw V a + Vw. Vwt = Vw = Vt Vw Vs + Vf Degree of saturation: – refers to the volume of water. present in the total pore volume.A 500 m3 oven dry core has a bulk density of 1.is the relative water content of soil expressed on volume basis of water and soil volume of wetness in the ratio of the volume of water to the volume of total soil.

008m3 21 .4 Moisture content = 3.0183m3.6kg had a volume of 0.275m3 pore space x 100 = 55% 500m3 soil volume Questions 2: A sample of soil weighing 30.0183 – 0. Bulk density.2 V 0.6 – 27. Determine the dry density. percentage of moisture cont. when dried out in an oven its weight was reduced to 27.65.0183 = = 1672kg/m3 1486kg/m3 (c) Percentage of moisture content = Ww Ws But weight of water in sample = 30.5%. (d) Density of particles = αs = Ws Vs Vs = Ws = GsVw = GsVw 27.4 = 27. The Saturated density and the percentage of air voids.2 = 3.6 V 0.2kg.125 Or percentage moisture content = 12.0183 (b) Dry density αd = Ws = 27. Solution: .2 = 0.(a) Bulk density(α) = w = 30. The specific gravity of the solids was found to be 2.65x1000 VV = V-Vs = 0.2 0.0103 = 0.0103m3 2.

008 x 1000 0. Determine (i) The moisture content at the different depth in the root zone.If soil is saturated then voids will be all water Saturated density = Ws + Vv αw V = 27.0083 = 1923kg/m3 3. The available moisture holding capacity of the oil was 17.95 115.95 75-100 110.2 ASSIGNMENT The following data were obtained in determining the soil moisture content at successive depth in the root zone prior to applying irrigation water.32 102.50gm/c.92 SOIL OVEN DRY wt SOILS 5M gm 126.28 50-75 122.82 127. (iv) Gross irrigation requirement at an estimated field irrigation Efficiency of 70%. DEPTH OF SAMPLING Wt OF MOIT cm SAMPLES gm 0-25 134.8/m depth.64 OF The bulk density of the soil in the root zones was 1.60 25-50 136. 22 . (ii) Moisture content in the root zone at the time of irrigation. (iii) Net depth of water to be applied to bring the moisture content to Field capacity.2 + 0.

Soil density is the mass per unit volume of the soil particles. The diagram below show the volume and mass relationships of the three soil phases. ρs =Ms Vsρw. Density of solids of soil is the ratio of mass of solid to it volume.0 VOLUME AND MASS RELATIONSHIP OF SOIL CONTITUENTS The constituent of the oil are the solids. Dry bulk density ρb is the ratio of the mass of dried particles to the total volume of solid (including particles and pores). ρb = Mt Vt = Ms Vs + Vw + Va 23 . Volume relative Mass relative Ma= Mass of air (negligible) Mw=Mass of water Ms=Mass of solid Mt=Total mass(Ma+Mw+Ms) Va=Volume of air Vw=volume of water Vs=Volume of solids Vf=Volume of pores Vt=Total volume (Vf+Vs) 4 va ma vw Air ma Vt mw m mw Water ms Solids mt vs ms The diagram above shows the presence of the three phases in relative proportion both in masses and volume. liquids (water) and air. The ratio of mass of solid to its volume in which ρw= density of water @ 40c.WEEK THREE 3.

The following relationships exit between porosity and volume ratio to apparent and true specific gravity. Embankment etc. In the case of void ratio. It is influenced by the textural and structural characteristic of the oil. where as in case of porosity the volume of pores may change without change in the volume of solids. The more finely divided are the individual soil particle.1 SOIL WETNESS Moisture content – Degree of saturation should not be confused with moisture 24 . n = Vf Vt = Va + Vw V a + Va + Vw Porosity is an index of the relative volume of pores.Total (wet) bulk density I the mass of moist soil per unit volume ρt = Mt Vt = M + Mw Vs + Vw + Va Porosity – is the ratio of the volume of pores (voids) to the total oil volume. e = Vf = Vf Va + Vw Vs This index has certain advantages over porosity.The quantity expressing the ratio of the volume of pores to the volume of solid is term the as void ratio or relative porosity. Void ratio. ρb = ρs (1 – n) 100 Where ρs = ρb (1 + e) 3. Total volume changes with volume change of voids. The term is commonly used in engineering works relating to the compaction of foundation. the greater is the porosity.

6kg had a volume of 0.A 500 m3 oven dry core has a bulk density of 1.1g/cm3 = 550g Weight of water in saturated core = 825 – 550g = 275g 275m3 pore space x 100 = 55% 500m3 soil volume Questions 2: A sample of soil weighing 30. present in the total pore volume. which is the ratio of the weight of water in the sample to weight of solids. Vwt = Vw = Vt Vw Vs + Vf Degree of saturation: – refers to the volume of water. when 25 . The soil core is placed in a pan of water and becomes water saturated..1g/ cm3.0183m3. Calculate the total soil porosity. The oven dry soil and water at saturation weight 825 grams. Question 1:.content. Degree of saturation = Vw Vf = Vw V a + Vw.is the relative water content of soil expressed on volume basis of water and soil volume of wetness in the ratio of the volume of water to the volume of total soil. Weight of oven dry soil = 500m3 x 1. Moisture content = m = Ww Ws Volume of wetness.

2 0.0183 = = 1672kg/m3 1486kg/m3 (c) Percentage of moisture content = Ww Ws But weight of water in sample = 30.(a) Bulk density(α) = w = 30.0183 (b) Dry density αd = Ws = 27. percentage of moisture cont.2 = 0.6 V 0.65x1000 VV = V-Vs = 0.dried out in an oven its weight was reduced to 27.4 Moisture content = 3.0103 = 0. Determine the dry density.65. Bulk density. The Saturated density and the percentage of air voids.4 = 27.008m3 If soil is saturated then voids will be all water Saturated density = Ws + Vv αw V 26 .125 Or percentage moisture content = 12. Solution: .2 V 0.0103m3 2.6 – 27.5%.2 = 3.2kg. The specific gravity of the solids was found to be 2.0183 – 0. (d) Density of particles = αs = Ws Vs Vs = Ws = GsVw = GsVw 27.

2 ASSIGNMENT The following data were obtained in determining the soil moisture content at successive depth in the root zone prior to applying irrigation water.64 OF The bulk density of the soil in the root zones was 1.60 25-50 136. (iv) Gross irrigation requirement at an estimated field irrigation Efficiency of 70%.95 75-100 110. (iii) Net depth of water to be applied to bring the moisture content to Field capacity. DEPTH OF SAMPLING Wt OF MOIT cm SAMPLES gm 0-25 134. 27 . Determine (i) The moisture content at the different depth in the root zone.8/m depth.= 27. The available moisture holding capacity of the oil was 17.82 127.28 50-75 122.008 x 1000 0.95 115. (ii) Moisture content in the root zone at the time of irrigation.92 SOIL OVEN DRY wt SOILS 5M gm 126.32 102.0083 = 1923kg/m3 3.50gm/c.2 + 0.

The main source of irrigation water includes:i. These elements usually do not affect the quality of irrigation water as far as the total salt concentration is concerned. iii. All the sources of water contain some soluble salt which always dissolved in them. iv. bromide. nickel etc. and organic matters are present in minor quantities. open well or tube water well. ii. soleplates. vi. ions of some other elements such as lithium. v.0 SOURCES OF IRRIGATION WATER Most of sources of irrigation water are from surface water or ground water which can either be river. sodium and sometimes potassium as cat ions and chloride. canal. iodine. magnesium. Tank. However. Rainfall Atmospheric water other than rainfall Flood water Ground water Snow Waste water The main soluble constituents in water are calcium. silicon. 28 . bicarbonate and sometimes carbonate as anions. copper.WEEK FIVE 5.

Bacteria injurious to persons or animal eating plant irrigated with the water. Salinity: . If excessive quantities of soluble salts accumulate in the root zone. ii. water 29 . i.A permeability problem related water quality occur when the rate of water infiltration into and through the soil is reduced by the effect of specific salts or lack of salts in the water to such an extent that the crop is not adequately supplied with water and yield is reduced. 5. Permeability:. The poor soil permeability makes it more difficult to supply the crop with water and may greatly add to cropping difficulties through crushing of seed beds.5.1 STANDARDS FOR IRRIGATION WATER Irrigation water maybe said to be unsatisfactory for its intended use if it contain:Chemicals toxic to plants or the person using plant as food Chemicals which react with the soil to produce unsatisfactory moisture characteristics. the crop has difficulty in extracting enough water from the salty soil solution.2 PROBLEMS OF USING POOR QUALITY IRRIGATION WATER The following are the most common problems that result from using poor quality irrigation water.A salinity problem related to water quality occurs if the total quantity of salts in the irrigation water is high enough for the salts to accumulate in the crop root zone to the extent that fields are affected.

weed.3 QUALITY OF WATER FOR IRRIGATION The term quality as applied to water. iii.iii. The quality of water for irrigation is as important as nature of soil. embraces its combined physical. white deposited on fruit or leaves due to sprinkle irrigation with high bicarbonate and abnormalities by an usual pH of the irrigation water. 5. Miscellaneous:. oxygen and nutritional problems. Toxicity: .A toxicity problem occurs when certain constituent in the water are taken up by the crop and accumulate in amounts that result in reduced yield. lodging and delayed crop maturity resulting from excessive nitrogen in the water quality. logging of surface soil and accompanying disease. boron. Good quality water improves the soil because of it calcium content. chloride and sodium. salinity. namely. conversely. iv. chemical and biological characteristics. if water applied for irrigation is not of suitability quality soil deteriorate and crop yield decreases the suitability of water for irrigating a particular crop grown on a particular soil require consideration of 30 .Various other problem related to irrigation water quality occur with sufficient frequency and should be spastically this include excessive vegetative growth. This is usually related to one or more specific ions in water.

Streams in industrial locations are. Total Concentration of Solids- 31 . canals. polluted with industrial waste rendering it unsuitable for irrigation. However. however. Water in streams in humid areas is generally suitable for irrigation. Irrigation water is generally obtained from rivers. and tanks. ground water. water quality characteristic depends on the source and storage. Reservoirs yield better quality water than rivers because of beneficial effects of impoundment.0 Over 2 Good to injurious Unfit. 1. iv. Sensitivity of crop and drainage conditions of soil. Sodium and calcium salt dissolved in it ii.5 0. Quality of the surface water for irrigation.5-2. Based on the source of the irrigation water the chemical and salts content it can be classified as follows:1. Its pH Texture of soil and salts present in it. iii. reservoirs. 0 – 192 192-480 Over 480 0142 142355 Over 355 0-0. Class of total dissolved water Electrical salts (mg/L) conductivity Micro ohms/cm I 0-700 0 – 1000 II III 700 – 2000 Over 2000 1000-3000 Over 3000 Na2 S04 Cl Boron Suitability excellent to good.i.

sodium and potassium present in irrigation water may prove detrimental to crops. Electrical ConductivityElectrical conductance is the ability of water solutions to conduct an electric current and is measured is ohms.Total dissolved solids in water are related to the specific conductance. Irrigation water within the zone of good or moderate is okay. S/no 1. as under. The classification of irrigation water based on electrical conductivity is shown below: Type of water Classification Fresh water Low saline (G) Excellent Electrical conductance micro ohms/c at 25oc 0-100 100-250 Suitability for irrigation excellent to good Excellent to good All ropes and all soils except extremely low permeable soils. type of ions present and concentration of various ions. 32 . Is: 11624 – 1986 has specified classification on the basis of hazardous effects of total salt concentration into four groups. magnesium. It is a function of temperature. Salts of calcium. 2. 3 4 Class Low Medium High Very high Range of electrical conductivity (EC) Below 1500 1500-3000 3000-6000 Above 6000 2.

3.5 will cause sodium hazard. There are several other standards of salts contents that have to be analysis and compare before selecting the required quality of irrigation water such as the sodium. Chemical analysis required determination of the concentrations of in organics constituents. odour. from stratum to stratum and fro season to season. temperature.Medium saline© Good 250-750 Saline (c3) Permissible 750-2000 Highly saline (c4) Doubtful 2000-3000 Over 3000 Very highly saline Unsuitable c5 Normal salt tolerant plants with moderate leaching Only high salt tolerant plants. Quality of Ground water for Irrigation Suitability of ground water for irrigation depends upon the effect of mineral constituents of water on both plants and soils as also on the piping system of the tube well. Boron etc. Bad water for irrigation Unsuitable. taste. Physical analysis requires determination of the colour. Quality of ground water varies from place to place. turbidity etc. 33 . drainage is required. The irrigation water with PH value more than 8. The suitability of ground water for irrigation is determined on the basis of chemical. measurement of pH and specific electrical conductance. Bacterial analysis is done to determine the presence of coli form organisms. physical and biological characteristics.

It is the expression of several factors including infiltration and percolation. the following terminologies are very important to be considered. Water Intake The movement of irrigation water from the soil surface into and through the soil. Water also diffuses as vapour through air-filled pore spaces along gradients of decreasing vapour pressure. In all cases. it moves under the influence of surface tension forces).0 INTERRELATION OF SOIL – MOISTURE AND PLANT MOVEMENT OF WATER IN SOILS The movement of water in the soil controls not only the rate of infiltration but also the supply of moisture to plants roots and the rate of underground flow to springs and streams and recharge of ground water. Percolation. 1. Water in the liquid phase flows through the soil filled pore space under the influence of gravity. the movement is along gradients of decreasing water potential.WEEK SIX 6. Percolation is 34 .is the down ward movement of water through saturated or nearly saturated soil in response to the force of gravity. In dealing with the movement of the water into the soils. In the films of surrounding soil particles (under unsaturated conditions.

Seepage – is the infiltration (vertically) down ward and lateral movement of water into soil or sub strata from a source of supply such as a reservoir or irrigation. The water intake differs from the soil type and different soils absorb water at different rates. 35 .synonymous with infiltration rate with the qualitative provision of saturated or nearly conditions. The soil intake is Ana logging to infiltration.Fc) e –ktConstant time. fo Infiltration rate mm/ hr f fc t Fo Fc Fo F K t = = = = = = Initial infiltration Infiltration capacity Time Depends on soil moisture content f + (Fo .

6. Measurement of changes in soil moisture storage with time is important in estimating evapo-transpiration. The principal methods of expressing soil moisture are:a. b. The 36 . By the amount of water in a given amount of soil The stress of tension under which the water is held by the soil. Soil moisture measurements are important in the suitable scheduling of irrigation and estimating the amount of water to apply in each irrigation.1 MEASUREMENT OF SOIL MOISTURE The importance of the moisture content in the soil in relation to plant growth has resulted in the development of many methods for measuring soil moisture. Seepage rate depends on the wetted perimeter of the reservoir or the canal and the capacity of the soil to conduct water both vertically and horizontally. There are many experimental situations where careful measurement and investigations on soil-plant water relationship are to be interpreted properly.Such water may reappear at the surface as wet spots or seeps or may percolate to join ground water or may join the sub surface flow to springs or streams.

available to plants. the amount of moisture that is held by a certain mass or volume of soil can be expressed as weight % or volume %.This is the maximum moisture content of the soil at which roots of plants can no longer extract water from the soil and the plant “wilts” and may die if water is not added to the soil. Field capacity: This is the moisture content of an initially saturated soil after all the gravitational water has drain out. unless the moisture characteristics curve or field capacity and permanent wilting point are known. % by weight = wt of moist sample– wt of oven dry sample Wt of oven dry sample. weight basis is based on the dry weight of the sample. Soil moisture on Soil moisture. Wilting point. = wt moist sample – wt of dry sample x 100 Wt of dry sample.c. 37 . It is regarded as the storage capacity of the soil for irrigation purposes. Expression of moisture content as a percentage of dry weight may not indicate the amount of water. Expressing the amount of soil moisture. relationship between these two properties through out the entire moisture range gives a good deal of insight into the physical properties of a soil.

and it is also referred to as readily available moisture.soil moisture between field capacity and permanent wilting point. because some moisture is not available to the plant. 6. Hygroscopic water Capillary water Gravitational water 38 .2 CLASSES AND AVAILABLE OF SOIL WATER Water present in the soil may be classified under three heads. It is the moisture available for plant use. inflow fc AW WP Overflow Out flow Fc Wp Aw = = = field capacity wilting point Available water.Available water = (Fc – wp) % .

This process takes less than one day for coarse sandy and three to four days for a heavy clay soil. when the pores are completely filled with water. Because of the relatively rapid disappearance of this drainable water. In other words. ii. it is not normally included in the amount available to plants. that is. The upper limit is when all the gravitational water has drained away: Soil in this 39 . the amount of water held at saturation in one metre depth of this soil is 500mm. The saturation capacity is then equal to the porosity of the soil which may be expressed as P = 100(s-v) S Where P = Porosity % S = density of the soil grains (gm/cc) V = bulk density of the dry soil Mass (gm/cc) If the porosity of the soil is 50% by volume. CAPILLARY WATER Capillary water is that held by surface tension in the pores between the particles. but some allowance in the calculation of an irrigation cycle should be allowed for the time taken for the soil to drain to the gravity limit. The upper limit of gravitational water is when the soil is saturated. Gravitational water drains from the root zone unless prevented by a barrier such as head – pan or a high water table.i GRAVITATION WATER This occupies the larger pores of the soil and drains away under the influence of gravity. then the saturated capacity can be expressed as 500mm of water per meter of soil.

40 . which is normally taken as the upper limit to the water available to the plant. iii HYGROSCOPIC WATER This water is held as a very thin film round the soil particle.state is said to be at field capacity. The figure below shows the schematic of classes of soil water. Gravitational water Capillary water Wilting coefficient Hygroscopic water. and is held so firmly that it is unavailable to the plant except perhaps in extreme cases of drought.

allowing 41 . the next step is the determination of water requirement. Water forms the solution of the nutrients and this solution is absorbed by the roots. 7. Irrigation water. Knowledge of the rate of water use by crops and the water retention characteristic of soils is fundamental in the design of the water supply system and scheduling of the irrigation scheme. Irrigation water supplies moisture which is essential for the chemical action within the plant leading to its growth. Water cools the soil and the atmosphere. and thus makes more favourable environment for healthy plant growth. washes out or dilutes salts in the soil. Some salts present in soil react to produce nourishing food products only in the presence of water. It reduces the hazard of soil piping It softens the tillage pans.2 WATER REQUIREMENTS (WR) OF CROPS Having established the suitability of an area for irrigation.0 7.WEEK SEVEN 7.1 CROP WATER REQUIREMENTS FUNCTION OF IRRIGATION WATER It acts as a solvent for the nutrients. The pattern of crop water use. The irrigation water supplies moisture which is essential for the life of bacteria beneficial to the plant growth. with controlled supplies.

water requirement of a crop is given as WR = IR + ER +S. the major source being the irrigation water (IR). leaching etc. pipeline. transplanting. exclusive of effective rainfall and contribution from soil profile. therefore.for rainfall and operational losses. determines the canal. Numerically. and is given as IR = WR – (ER + s) 42 . Water requirement is therefore a “demand” and the “supply” would consist of contributions from any of the sources of water. storage and pumping capacities of the system. Water requirement includes the losses due to evapo-transpiration (ET) or consumptive use (CU) plus the losses during the application of irrigation of water (un avoidable losses) and quantity of water required for special operations such as land preparation. The total water requirement consists of the water needed by the crop. The field irrigation requirement of a crop. the losses associated with the delivery and application of the water. Such information must be selected with care since it is a common practice to use excessive amounts of water if abundant supply is available. therefore refers to the water requirement of crops. effective Rainfall (ER) and soil profile contributions (S) including that shallow water tables. it may thus be formulated as follows: WR = ET or CU + application losses + special needs. The best source of information on over all water requirements is often the experience of a good irrigators operating under conditions similar to those of the project area.

The task of monitoring and controlling the field water balance is vital to the efficient management of water and soil.3 FIELD WATER BALANCE The water balance of a field is an itemed statement of all gains. D is down ward drainage out of the root zone.(R + D + E + T) = DS +DV Where p is precipitation. effective rain fall means useful or utilizable rainfall. An agriculturalist considers effective rainfall as that 43 . R is run off from the field. Rainfall is not necessarily useful or desirable at time rate or amount in which it is received. E evaporation from the soil. The useful portion of rainfall is stored and supplied to the user. Knowledge of the water balance is necessary to evaluate the possible methods to minimize loss and maximize gain and utilization of water which is so often the limiting factor in crop production. T transpiration by the crop canopy.4 EFFECTIVE RAINFALL In the simplest sense. the unwanted parts need to be conveyed or removed speedily.The farm irrigation requirement depends on the irrigation need of individual crops their area and the losses in the farm water distribution systems. losses and changes of storage of water occurring in a given field with in specified boundaries during a specified period of time. I is irrigation. 7. 7. Accordingly the water balance equation may be stated as follows: Gains – Losses = change in Storage P + . mainly by the seepage. Ds the change in soil water content of the root zone and Dv the charge in plant water content.

Rain Fall Characteristic: – a soil has a definite and limited infiltration and moisture holding capacity. Crop characteristics influencing the rate of water up take are the degree of ground cover. Land Slope: .portion of the total rainfall which directly satisfies crop water needs and also the surface run off which can be used for crop production on their farms by being pumped from ponds or wells. Management Practices.The soil properties influencing infiltration.. and moisture retention release and movement influence the degree of effective rainfall. The effective rain fall is directly proportional to the rate of water up take by the plant. rooting depth and stage of growth.Any management practice which influences run off.The slope of the land has profound influence on the time available for the rain water to infiltrate into soil. Characteristics of the Soil: . Hence greater quantities as well as intensities of rain fall normally reduce the effective fraction. information. 44 . increasing run off and lessening infiltration.5 FACTORS INFLUENCING EFFECTIVE RAINFALL There are so any factors influencing the proportion of the effective rain fall but only very few will be mentioned here. 7. hydraulic conductivity or evaporation separation also influences the degree of effective rainfall.Crops with high water consumption create greater deficit of moisture in soil. Crop Characteristics: .

WEEK EIGHT 8. the yield of the crop maybe increased. 45 .The rainfall in a particular area may not be uniform one the crop period. Non – Uniform: . During the early stage rain may be more.1 NECESSITY OF IRRIGATION Less Rainfall: . but more water may be necessary for raising commercial and cash crops. 8.The rain fall in particular area may be sufficient to raise the usual crops. Commercial Crops with Additional Water:. and finally distributing the water to the agricultural fields. but no water may be available at the end. canals and head works. It is the engineering of controlling and harnessing the various natural sources of water. In this case irrigation work can be constructed at a place where over water is available and convey to less disadvantage area.0 IRRIGATION Irrigation may be defined as the artificially supplying water to soil for raising crops.By the construction of proper distribution system. by the construction of dams and reservoirs. drainage of water logged areas. Controlled Water Supply: .When the total rainfall is less than needed for crop. Irrigation engineering includes the study and design of works in connection with river control. artificial supply is necessary. and generation of hydro electric power.

. etc. Generation of Hydro Electric Power. the value of land is increased. employment is carried to the people and this relief famine. Increase in property of people: . continuous water supply is maintained during drought.8. Cultivation of cash crops: .Due to irrigation facility. falls on the irrigation channels can be vitalized to generate electricity which may help in industrializing the viral area. the growing of cash crops makes the formers to prosper and the living standard also improved. Also. Addition to the wealth of the country: .Irrigation makes it possible to grow cash crops such as sugar cane. Domestic and industrial water supply: – They can be use for domestic and for industries that need water for their functions. .majesty of large river valley projects are usually planned to provide hydro – electric power together with irrigation.The water tax obtained from farmer.2 BENEFITS OR ADVANTAGES OF IRRIGATION Increase in food production Protection from famine. the bumper crops produced due to irrigation makes country self – sufficient in food requirements and this serves the foreign exchange and therefore increases revenue. and after the construction of such works.During the contraction of the irrigation works. 46 . The increase in the yield of the crop. tobacco cotton.

Due to constant percolation and seepage of water. Irrigation methods Surface sprinkles sub surface Drip Border check basin Furrow Rotating head perforated pipe In the surface methods of irrigation. means of communication such as wad – ways. Due to the living standards. The common methods of irrigation are indicated below. rail ways and post and telegraph facilities are introduced. schools. hospitable and other facilities are provided. water may be distributed to the crops in border strips check basin or furrow. Improvement in the Ground water storage. water is applied directly to the soil surface from a channel located at the upper reach of the field. Two general requirements of prime importance to obtain high efficiency in surface methods of irrigation are properly constructed water 47 . of the people. by spraying it under pressure or by applying it in crops. 8. the ground water table is raised in the area where irrigation facilities are prevalent. . by applying it is not the soil surface. General development of the country: – Due to the increased yield and value of the crop.3 METHOD OF IRRIGATION Irrigation water may be applied to crops by flooding it on the field surface.Inland navigation: – It can be use a means of transporting the people and agricultural products.

the farm is divided into a series of strips 10 to 20 meters wide and 100 to 300 meters long. large area and be irrigated within a short time by border strip method. The surface is essentially level between two borders so that the advancing sheet of water over the entire width of the strip. depends upon: i.5%.5 to 1. To irrigate.4 BORDER IRRIGATION In the border strip flooding method. Sandy soil or sandy loam Medium silt loam Length of border strip 60 to 90m 90 to 150m 48 . These strips are separated by low levees or border (low flat dillies) and run down the predominant or any other desired slope. ii. Infiltration rate of the soil Longitudinal slope of the land Size of irrigation stream available The following lengths are suggested for moderate conditions Types of soil i. ii. water is turned from the supply ditch on to the head of the border. 8. its advantage being that for a relatively low investment a system can be developed which can afford the highest irrigation efficiency and lowest labour requirement. The length of border strip depends upon how quickly it can be wetted over its entire length. however. This. iii.distribution systems to provide adequate control of water to the fields and proper land preparations to permit uniform distribution of water over the field. The length wise slope varies from 0. Water advances – confined and guided by two borders in a thin sheet towards the lower end of the strip. This method is especially suited to forage crops. With highly mechanized farming.

b.5 ADVANTAGES OF BORDER METHOD Border ridges can be constructed economically with simple farm implements like a bullock-drawn Labour requirement in irrigation is greatly reduced as compared to the conventional check basin method. Earth or concrete ditches (canals): These run at a flat longitudinal grade. Water is diverted to the border strips from the following a. 49 . SUPPLY DITCH CONCRETE RISER PIPES 300m 8. The water is discharge into the trip via border gates. water is let into the trips by concrete risers. The figure below shows the border strip method. aluminum siphon or plastic piping. Under-ground concrete pipes through risers: In this method.iii. The first 6 to 12m length of the strip should be made level to ensure uniform spreading of water. Clay loam or clay soil 150 to 300m.

8. There are many variations in its use. Levelled Flot Check or levee BASIN Figure showing Check basin. 50 .6 CHECK BASIN IRRIGATION This is the simplest in principle of all methods of irrigation.Uniform distribution and high water application efficiencies are possible if the system is properly designed. but all involve dividing the field into smaller unit areas so that each has a nearly level surface as shown in the figure. Large irrigation streams is properly efficiently used Operation of the system is simple and easy Adequate surface drainage is provided if out lets are available.

7 THE COMPONENTS AND CONTROLS OF CHECCK BASIN The distinguishing feature of the various uses of the check basin method of irrigation involve the size and shape of the basins and whether irrigation is accomplished by intermittent or continues ponding of water in the basins. Water is conveyed to the field by channel supply. The ridges or bunds may be temporary for a single irrigation as in the pre-sowing irrigation of seasonal crops or semipermanent for repeated use as in the case of paddy fields.Bunds or ridges are constructed around the areas forming basins within which the irrigation water can be controlled. The size of the ridge will depend on the depth of water to be impounded as well as on the stability of the oil when wet. 8. 51 . The basins are filled to the desired depth and the water is retained until it infiltrates into the soil. the depth of water maybe maintained for considerable period of time by allowing water to continue to flow into the basins.

The method impedes surface drainage.As the infiltration rate of the soil increases. 8. Considerable land is occupied by ridges and lateral field channel and crop yields are substantially low on the ridge and in the lateral channels. 8.8 ADVANTAGES OF CHECK BASIN It is suited to smooth gentle and uniform land slope and for soils having moderate to slow infiltration rates Both row crops and close-growing crops are adapted to be used with basin as long as the crop is not affected by temporary inundation or is planted in beds so that it will remain above the water level. The method enables the conservation of rainfall and reduction in soil erosion by retaining a large part of the rain in the basin to be infiltrated gradually with out loss due to surface run off. The method is especially adapted to very slowly and is required to stand for a relatively long time to ensure adequate irrigation. Labour requirement in land preparation and irrigation is much higher compare to other methods. It is also suitable in very permeable soils which must be covered with water rapidly to prevent excessive deep percolation losses at the up stream end. the stream size must be increased or the size of the basins reduced in order to cover the area within a short period of time. 52 .9 DISADVANTAGES OF CHECK BASIN The ridges interfere with the movement of animal drawn or tractor-drawn implement for inter-culture or harvesting of crops.

Row Furrow Schematic sketch illustrating furrow irrigation of a vegetable crop with one furrow for each two rows of the crop. Water I applied by running small streams in furrows between the crop rows. Water infiltrates into the soil and spreads laterally to irrigate the areas between the furrows a shown below.The method is not suitable for irrigated crops which are sensitive to wet soil conditions around the stems of plant.10 FURROW IRRIGATION The furrow method of irrigation is used in the irrigation of row crops with furrows developed between the crop rows in the planting and cultivating process. 53 . 8. The size and shape of the furrow depends on the crop grown. equipment used and spacing between crop rows.

The spacing depends on the type of crops e. j. Both large and small irrigation streams can be used by adjusting the number of furrows irrigated at any one time to suit the available furrow. The lateral movement of water depends on soil texture and depth. Furrows should be spaced close enough to ensure that water spreads to the sides into the ridge and root zone of the crop to replenish the soil moisture uniformly. potatoes. 8.The length of time the water is to blow in the furrows depends on the amount of the water required to replenish the root zone and the infiltration rate of the soil and the rate of lateral spread of water in the soil.g. Furrow spacing – Furrows can be spaced to fit the crops grown and the type of machines used for planting and cultivation.11 COMPONENTS AND ONTROLS OF FURROWS Efficient irrigation by the furrow method is obtained by selecting proper combination of spacing length and slope of furrows and suitable size of the irrigation stream and the duration of the water application. maize and cotton are planted 60 to 90cm apart and have furrows between all rows. 54 .

Furrows stream. With highly permeable soils. these factors may not be limiting. However. Its purpose is to wet the 55 . Proper furrow length depends largely on the hydraulic conductivity of the soil. Long furrows are an advantage in inter-cultivation. If the length is too long. A minimum furrow grade of 0. wastage may occur at the end of the furrows. the largest stream of water that will not cause erosion is used in each furrow at the beginning of irrigation.5 to 2. steeper grades lead to higher water velocities and more erosion. iii Furrow slope – The slope or grade of the furrow is important because it controls the speeds at which water flows down the furrow. To obtain the most uniform irrigation.The size of the furrow stream is the one factor which can be varied after the furrow irrigation system has been installed. The size of the furrow usually varies from 0.05 percent is needed to ensure surface drainage. the ranges in slope recommended for borders apply to furrows also. This results in the over-irrigation at the upper end or under-irrigation at the lower end. Furrows must be shorter on a porous sandy soil than on a tight day soil.ii Furrow length – The optimum length of a furrow in usually the longest furrow that can be safely and efficiently irrigated. Short furrows require field supply channels to be spaced too close with consequent loss of land and increase in labour requirement. so that. In general. the rate of infiltration slows down and the side spread of water into the crop ridge decrease. water soaks in too deep at the head of the furrow by the time the stream reaches the lower end.5 litres per second. As the furrow grade increase. iv.

12 ADVANTAGES OF FURROW IRRIGATION Water in the furrows contacts only ½ to 1/5 of the land surface there by reducing pudding. and crusting of the soil. 56 . the stream is reduced or cut back so that it will just keep the furrow wet through out its length with a minimum waste at the end. It is especially suitable for those crops (like maze etc) that are injured by contact with water. After the water reached the lower end of a furrow.entire length of each furrow as quickly as possible. 8. Labour requirements in land preparation and irrigation are very much reduced. There is no wastage of land in field ditches. evaporation losses. thus enabling the soil to absorb water evenly through the entire furrow length. Earlier cultivation is possible which a distinct advantage in heavy soils.

A constant heck is kept on the water table at representative points in the irrigation area. Inherent advantages make controlled sub-irrigation an attractive proportion to the irrigate if he can device the means of execution.Surface irrigation is so called because the conditions which make it possible are geological and topographical. Natural sub. are replaced by supply. 57 . there is also an upward movement of unwanted salts within the soil. and a deep top soil of very high lateral permeability under laid at 2m to 7 depth by an impermeable stratum. Since all water movement in the process of supply to the plant is upwards from the water table. comprising consumptive use by vegetation and net seepage outflow.WEEK NINE 9. The sub-surface irrigation is classified into two:The natural sub-surface irrigation and the artificial sub-surface irrigation.0 SUB-SURFACE IRRIGATION It is irrigated by water movement upward from a water table located some distance below the soil surface. These are near level terrain. If the area with this soil profile is sufficiently expansive. The advantages are the avoidance of the evaporative losses of open water or wet soil surfaces and the elimination of the impedance caused to cultivation by pipes and ditches. i. and losses. it constitutes a convenient under ground reservoir which can be replenished by spreader ditchers and wells.

Artificial sub-surface irrigation: – Involves the use of a system of buried perforated pipes through which water is passed at pressure to percolate into the soils. There must be drainage for the removal of the salts thus leached. Should this be the case. In humid climate where supplemental irrigation is beneficial during spring and summer but drainage is needed during the winter. This method will only function effectively if the soil has high horizontal and low vertical permeability.In arid climates where there is no significant rainfall to countered this. There are expensive and liable to be managed by deep cultivation. Ditch Ditch Water Table 58 . Systems of this type require pipes at spacing as low as 450mm and depths in the region of 500mm. provision is made for periodic leaching of the soil by heavy application of water to the surface. water table control can be affected by parallel deep ditches. and where the soil is a highly permeable sand or peat. In times of excess rain water is removed by gravity or pumping and part is stored in reservoirs to be fed back to the field via the dither during the dry periods. there is a risk of a built-up of harmful salts close to or on the surface. ii. In operation they require the maintenance of pressure by pumping or gravity form an elevated storage.

ii. vi. the cost of land preparation and permanent water delivery system of channels or conduct is less. However. there is large initial investment in the purchase of the pumping and sprinkling equipment. The sprinkler method consists of applying the water in the form of spray. The greatest advantage of sprinkler irrigation is it adaptabilities to use under conditions where surface irrigation methods are not efficient. This method is move useful where: i. Slope are excessive Topography is irregular Soil is erosive Soil I excessively permeable or impermeable Depth of soil is shallow over gravel or sand. iv. The land can not be prepared for surface methods. 59 . some what as in ordinary rain. In this system. v. iii.Impermeable clay 9.1 SPRINKLER IRRIGATION Figure showing sprinkler irrigation. as is done in the garden lawn sprinkling.

In the semi-permanent system. Generally. These systems are designed to be moved from around the farm from field to field. iii. perforated pipe system operates on the low pressure where as the resolving head sprinklers operate in both ranges depending on the type of rotary head used. In the permanent system. Permanent system Semi-permanent system Portable system. Uniform application for water is possible 60 . the main lines are buried while the laterals are portable.4kg/2) system. A pump usually lifts the water from the source. Portable system has both portable main lines and laterals. pipes are permanently buried in such a way that they do not interfere with tillage operations.2 ADVANTAGE OF SPRINKLER IRRIGATION i. Turbine and horizontal centrifugal pumps are usually used. 9.head perforated pipe installations were used. However. stationary over. ii.Sprinkler system can be classified under three heads:i. Erosion can be controlled. Earlier. with the introduction of light weight steel pipes and quick couplers. portable sprinkler system was developed. ii. pushes it through the distribution system and through the sprinkler nozzle on the sprinkler heads mounted on rising pipes attached to the laterals. Sprinkler system usually is opposed of perforated pipes or revolving head sprinklers and may be high pressure (201/kg/c2) or low pressure (1.

labour cost is reduced more land is available for cropping and surface run off is eliminated. 9.3 DISADVANTAGE OF SPRINKLES IRRIGATION i. Power requirement is high. 9. iii. Time and amount of fertilizers can be controlled for application. light irrigation is possible for seedling and plants which are young. Irrigation is better controlled. Heavy soil with poor intake can not be irrigated efficiently. Land preparation is not required. This technique is also known as “feeding bottle” technique where by the soil is maintained in the most congenital form by keeping the soil – water – air proportion in the optimum range. equal to the field capacity. Water is conveyed through a system of flexible pipe lines. 61 . and is applied to the plant through drip nozzles. Drip irrigation limits the water supplied for consumptive use of the plant by maintaining minimum soil moisture. operating at low pressure. also known as trickle irrigation. there by maximizing the saving. iv. Small streams of irrigation water can be use efficiently. water is applied in the form of drops directly near the base of the plant. vi. Wind may distort sprinkling system. ii.4 DRIP IRRIGATION In drip irrigation. v.iii. v. iv. A constant water supply is needed for commercial use of equipment Water must be clean and free from stand.

5 ADVANTAGE OF DRIP IRRIGATION Less requirement of irrigation water. Water logging avoided Cultivation of cash crops No over irrigation Reduced labour cost Nutrients preservation Suitable for any topography 9.Figure above showing Drip irrigation. The system permits the fine control on the application of moisture and nutrients at stated frequencies. Along with irrigation water. especially for fruit trees. Water is first filtered so that the impurities may not clog the fine holes of the drippers. 62 . nutrients (fertilizer solutions) are also fed to the system. The method of drip irrigation was first introduced is Israel but is now practiced in many countries of the world.6 DISADVANTAGES OF DRIP IRRIGATION High initial cost Danger of Blockade of nozzles Shallow root depth of the crops. 9.

C.V. Filter Unit Pressure Regulator.V. Water source OVERHEAD TANK Fertilizer Tank.Pump. (P. PIPES) TRICKLE LINES TRICKLE LINES N 63 (P. PIPES) .C.

especially where conditions are not ideal for surface irrigation. Soils with a high infiltration rate tend to 64 . and therefore in some cases. land grading is required.0 FACTORS THAT AFFECT THE CHOICE OF IRRIGATION METHOD The choice of irrigation methods is based on technical feasibility and economics.The soil types in the irrigation area also affect the choice of method. b. Variability of soil type: . where high value cash crop is to be grown there may be economic justification for considering other types of irrigation. neither of which aid crop production. Unless terracing is to be carried out. For efficient irrigation by a surface method. a. steep slope probably preclude surface irrigation in favour of sprinkler or trickle irrigation. Land preparation – Surface irrigation requires uniform slope which are too steep. Land grading reduced top-soil. Soils with low available water require frequent light irrigation which is difficult with surface methods. and where conditions are suitable there is little point in considering other methods.WEEK TEN 10. To accomplish this. it may be cheaper to install sprinkler irrigation at the out set. The uniformity of the land surface is also important. the extend of which depends on the natural topography. Surface methods are generally the cheapest to install. However. an expensive process. It should be noted that land grading may be an expensive operation. slopes must be uniform with no high or low spots.

by lowering the atmospheric water demand. although the effective flow can be increase by providing farm storage during periods when irrigation is not being practiced e.waste water because of percolation below the rooting range unless surface irrigation run are very short. High efficiencies are not generally attained with surface methods unless design. but sprays. surface irrigation is often uneconomic if possible at all. quality and cost of the water supply also have some bearing on the irrigation method. Water quantity and quality: . c. If the total quantity of the water is small. Where sediment is in water and the water contains objectionable matter. Soil variability causes difficulties for engineers scheduling irrigation.The amount. at night.Winds in excess of 15 to 20km/h generally make sprinkler unsuitable as the smaller droplet are blown away and the water application pattern is distorted resulting in low efficiencies. operation and management are of a high standard and distribution canal are lined. Sprinklers and trickle irrigation generally have a much higher efficiency than surface methods. Climate. for example sewage. especially if over than one type of soil I present in one field. waste land because of the number of canals required and produce mechanization difficulties. Where the flow of water is small.g. can alleviate water stress in 65 . Therefore in this type of condition sprinkler and trickle irrigation designs can easily be adapted to suit areas of variable soil type. High temperatures and low humidity reduce sprinkling efficiencies. then it must be used with the highest efficiency. then sprinkler and trickle irrigation can not be choused. The short runs increase labour costs. d.

Surface irrigation. 66 . e.The type of crop being irrigated has little effect technically on the choice of a surface or sprinkler method. and in extreme circumstance will cause the plants to lose more growth than they would under short interval sprinkler or trickle method. Heavy rain after irrigation by surface method can result in flooding. has relatively long irrigation cycles.the plant and increase growth. by its nature. Crop: . Tall crops are difficult to work in and thus the movement of pipes and sprinklers can be difficult.

ii. In general. The objective of efficiency concepts is to show when improvements can be made which will result in more efficient irrigation. iii.This term is used to measure the efficiency of water conveyance systems associated with the canal network. Water Conveyance Efficiency: . not all the water applied during irrigation is shored in the roof zone.0 IRRIGATION EFFICIENCIES Efficient use of irrigation water is an obligation of each user as well as of the planners. water courses and field channels. 67 . vi. Water conveyance efficiency Water application efficiency Water use efficiency Water storage efficiency Water distribution efficiency Consumptive use efficiency 1. The following are the various types of irrigation efficiencies. i. It is also applicable where the water is conveyed in channel from the well to the individual fields. iv. efficiency in the ratio of water out put to the water in put and is expressed as percentage. v. Even under the best method of irrigation.WEEK ELEVEN 11. It is expressed as Ec = Wf x 100 Wd Where Ec = water conveyance efficiency % Wf = water delivered to the irrigated plot (at the field supply Channel).

2. and is determined from the following expression. Water Application Efficiency: . % Ws = water stored in the root zone during irrigation Wn = water needed in the root zone prior to irrigation 68 . % Ws = water stored in the root zone of the plants.After the water reached the field supply channel. Is is determined from the following expression: Es = ws x 100 Wn Where Es = water storage efficiency. Water application efficiencies decreases due to seepage. to the quantity of water delivered. percolation and run off losses at the tail and of borders and furrows. Water use efficiency – It is the ratio of water beneficially use. it I measure of how efficiently this I done I the water application efficiency. Water surface efficiency – The concept of water storage efficiency gives an insight to completely the required water has been stored in the root zone during irrigation. And it is defined as Ea = Ws x 100 Wf Where Ea = water application efficiency. Wf = water delivered to the field (at the field supply channel). inducing leaching water. 3. Eu = Wu = 100 Wd Where Eu = water use efficiency Wu = water used beneficially or consumptively Wa = Water delivered 4.

The efficiency. evaluates the loss of water by deep percolation and by excessive surface evaporation following irrigation.Water storage efficiency becomes important when water supplies are limited or when excessive time is required to secure adequate penetration of water into the soil. It is also defined mathematically as Ed = (1 – y) x 100 d Where Ed = water distribution efficiency. therefore. Water distribution efficiency – This indicates the extent to which water is uniformly distributed along the run. Consumptive use efficiency (cue) It is given by cue = wcu x 100 Wd Where wcu or cu = normal consumptive use of water Wd = net amount of water depleted from not zone soil. 1. % d = average depth of water stored along the run during the Irrigation y = average numerical deviation from d 6. 69 . Not only the application of the right amount of water to the field but also its uniform distribution over the field is important permissible lengths of irrigation runs are controlled to large extent by the uniformity of water distribution which is possible for given soil and irrigation management practice.

Water conveyance efficiency. The run off lose in the field was 432m3. The effective depth of root zone was 1.8m at the head end of the field to 1.8m. Ec = wt x 100 wd = 100 x 100 = 74% 135 ii. water application efficiency. irrigation was started at moisture extraction level of 50% of the available moisture. water storage efficiency and water distribution efficiency. Es = ws x 100 wn Water holding capacity of the zone = 20 x1. Solution i. WORK EXAMPLES ON IRRIGATION EFFICIENCY A stream of 135 liters per second was delivered from a canal and 100 litr per second were delivered to the field. Available moisture holding capacity of the soil is 20cm per metre depth of soil. Water application efficiency = 2448 x 100 = 85% 2880 iii.11. Ea = ws x 100 wf But water delivered to the plot = 100 x 60 x 8 = 2880m3 1000 Water stored in the root zone = 2880 – 432 = 2448m3 :. Determine the water conveyance efficiency. Water storage efficiency.1 1. The depth of water penetration varied linearly from 1. Water application efficiency. An area of 1.6 hectares was irrigated in eight hrs.8 = 36cm 70 .2m at the tail end.

net depth of water application.3) 1.3 At lower end = 1. net depth of water application.5m 2 Numerical deviation from depth of penetration: At uppers end = 1.5 – 1.8 – 1.2 = 0. Ed = 100 (1 – y) d d = 1. depth of water application efficiency is 70%.3 = 0. Irrigation is to be done when 50 percent of the available moisture in the root zone is depleted. Losses in water conveyance are negligible.3 2 Efficiency Ed = 100 (1 – 0.5 = 80% 2.5 = 0. Water distribution efficiency. Determine the irrigation period.2 = 1.6 x 10. depth 71 .8 + 1. Water application efficiency is 70%. Losses in water conveyance are negligible. Determine the irrigation period. The available moisture holding capacity of the soil is 16cm/m and the depth of root zone is 1m. Peak rate of moisture use by the crops is 4mm (weighted average). Peak rate of moisture use by the corps is 4mm (weighted average).3 Average numerical deviation = 0.000 = 2880m3 Water storage efficiency = 2448 x 100 = 85% 2880 1v. An area of 20 hectares is to be irrigated by a pump working for 12hrs a day.Moisture required in the root zone = 36 – 36 x 50 = 18cm 100 18/100 x 1.3 + 0.

4cm x 20ha 20 days = 11.4cm 0.4 litres/sec 72 .7 Required capacity of irrigation system = 11.4 x 10. and the required capacity of the irrigation system in hectare cm/day and litres per second. Solution Net depth of water application = 16 x 50 = 8cm 100 Irrigation period =net irrigation required = 8 = 20 day Peak use rate 0.4 Depth of water pumped per application = 8 = 11.of water pumped per application.000 x 1000 100 x 12 x 60 x 60 = 26.

The dept of water table which adversely affects the growth of different crop is given below CROPS Wheat Cotton Rice Sugar cane Folder crop DEPT OF WATER TABLE 0.0 WATER LOGGING An agricultural land is said to be waterlogged when its productivity or fertility is affected by high water table. The normal height of the capillary fringe met within agricultural soils varies from 0.3m 1.5m below the ground surface. The adverse effects of high water table upon the yield of crops also depend upon the nature of crop grown.60m.the land will therefore. If the water table is high the roots 73 . Inhibiting activity of soil bacteria The liberation of plant food is independent upon the activity of soil bacteria which require adequate amount of oxygen in the air for proper functioning. When the soil pores within the root zones of the crops normally grown so saturated as to effectively cut off the normal circulation of air. Depends upon the height of capillary fringe. the land is said to be waterlogged decrease in available capillary water Plant life draws its substance from the soil–solution round the soil particles which is drawn in the plants by capillary action and osmosis.6m 0. which is the height to which water will rise due to capillary action.8m 0.5m to 1.2m 1.9m to 1.5m to 1. be waterlogged when the water table is within 1.1 EFFECTS OF WATERLOGGING The fertility of the soil when an area becomes waterlogged is usually due to the following reasons.WEEK TWELVE 12. At which it tends to make the soil waterlogged and harmful to the growth and subsistence of plants life.2m 12.

with PH value 8. They are brought up with water which evaporates having the salt on the surface.of the plants are confined to the top layers of the soil above the water table while if the water table is low. This may accentuate the process of raising the water table. Obliteration of natural drainage Sometimes the cultivator plough up and obliterates an existing natural drainage.0. The creation of a high false water table or parched water table also leads to water logging. the seepage from the reservoir augments the water table and may cause water logging. If the underlying layers contains alkali salt in solution. This gives rise to heavy percolation and water table rises in the area. The soil becomes infertile. action of soil bacteria is sluggish and plant food available is less. Defective air circulation When the water table is high.2 CAUSES OF WATERLOGGING Water logging in any particular area is normally the result of several contributory factors. Natural obstruction to the flow of ground water Sometimes subsoil does not permit free flow of sub soil water due to some natural obstruction. The alkaline deposits change the PH value of soil. the roots of plants have more room for growth. Soils with PH value 7. 12. consequent flooding and water logging. Construction of water reservoir Similar to the seepage from a canal.0 and 9.0 to 8. Inadequate capacity for arterial drainage 74 . This results in stoppage of storm water flow.5 gives normal yields. Fall in soil temperature A waterlogged soil warms up slowly and due to lower temperature.0. The yield decreases when PH value rises to 11. The main factors causing water logging areas are giving below In adequate surface drainage When the surface drainage is not adequate the heavy precipitations in the area is not drained off quickly and the rain water remains stagnant over the area for considerable time. the drainage becomes impossible and the Rise of salt The rate of water table also causes accumulation of alkali salt in the surface soil by the upward flow of water which is established in waterlogged lands.

Carbon dioxide liberated by the plant root can not be dissolved and taken away.This arterial drainage or nadi may not have adequate capacity to pass the heaviest floods in the entire catchments. There will thus be flooding of land and consequent water logging. Formation of stagnant pools may become breeding places for mosquitoes. it will not be able to pass the rain water of catchments. As such the function of all the drains connected to the arterial drain is seriously hampered. 75 . Adverse effect on community health The climate of a waterlogged area becomes damp. rail or road embankments. Over irrigation of fields When the irrigation water applied to the field is in excess of the requirement of the crop. The flood water of local drains thus spreads over the country side for clays and heavy percolations into the sub soil causes alarming rise in water table. Obstruction of natural drainage If a natural drainage is obstructed by irrigation channel. The climate does become extremely detrimental to the health of community. deep percolation takes place which is retained in the intermediate zone augmenting the ground water storage.

Area with critical water table may be allowed only for kharif irrigation and during Rabi the cultivators may irrigate from open wells and tube wells. He should also be encouraged to supplement his water requirement from open wells and tube wells. various remedial measures adopted for prevention of water logging are discussed below Efficient surface drainage An efficient drainage system which permits a quick flow of rain water in short period helps to reduce the water logging. The cultivators should be educated for economic use of water and induce to divide his field into "Kiaries" to avoid wastage. A suitable tile drain can hold the water table at a pre-determined level which will be most beneficent to the crops. 76 . Removing obstruction in natural drainage Drainage crossing with road.0 REMEDIAL MEASURES In devising anti-water logging measures. railways and canals should be remodeled to make it more efficient. Restriction of irrigation a. enumerated in previous article should be correctly assessed and allow for. b. Prevention of seepage from water reservoir Adequate and suitably designed toe filters are provided so that seepage ultimately fines its way into the natural stream. Change in crop pattern A change in crop pattern may minimize the damage to plant line. Adoption of sprinkler for irrigation This reduces the percolation losses from water causes as only predetermined amount of water is applied to the land.WEEK THIRTEEN 13. Under-drained by tile drains The drainage of agricultural lands is done more satisfactorily by the drains. the nature and magnitude of various factors.

the depth is about half of the width (or top width for trapezoidal). Z=1.75m/s .75 =5.015 Soln Assume Z. 45°).e. M and estimate B Maximum velocity =1. y=2.: A=By +y² 5.: Area =10/1.7m² Normally for maximum efficiency.5m over 3000m.13.25 Use B=2m (Z=1/m and m=1/2) 77 . Assuming side slope of 1:1 (i.5²=5.5. y=1. y=1 Area (A) =2x1+1²=3 Try B=2. we are normally given. M=1 . Example: Design a trapezoidal canal to convey. Take marnings n=0. 10m³/s of water across a land slopping at 3.5+1. =A=2x2+2²=8 B=2.1 DESIGN OF DRAINAGE For design. A=2x1. 1) Design capacity Qm³/s 2) Slope [longitudinal] 3) Channel section type [rectangular /trapezium] We are required to obtain the actual size of the channel.7=By +y² 5.7=By +y² Try B=2.

75m/s for concrete Normally we get the size by trial.995 10. we use the manning equation : V=1/n R2/3 √S V=Velocity of flow m/s S=Longitudinal slope of channel R=Hydraulic radius =A/P A=Area of flow m² P=Welted perimeter m n=Manning constant Varies with the type of surface of the channel.e.012 0.245 6.408 9.981 The capacity of the drainage is determined from the velocity of flow and sectional area of the canal and its bank/ sides are not eroded by the water. If the result is less than the given capacity. until we get the correct size. 78 .Depth=y A=2y+y² P=2+2√2×Y R=A/P V=1/nR2/3 s½ Q=AV 1.820 1. To obtain velocity of flow. i. If it is more.104 0. MATERIAL Concrete Wood Earth Metal Corrugated metal N 0.032 0. We then compute its capacity using manning equation.45 5.015 0. we assume a given section of certain depth.024 Maximum velocity is about 1.25 5. also deposition of salt or suspension solids should be avoided.5 1. we decrease the depth.840 0.983 1.011 0.003 6. we increase the depth.

B------By +Zy 1 Z ---B---y 1 m OR By +y²/m B+Zy²√1+Z² OR B +y²√1+1/m² 79 .Channel section Area of flow Welted perimeter By y B +2y ------.

Agricultural drainage is the removal of excess water from agricultural lands by means of open or covered drains. 80 . there by ensuring vigorous plant growth. Malaria and weed control. Harmful salts are leached off. The soil is kept warmer.WEEK FOURTEEN 14. bedding and land grading or smoothing are measures use to collect and remove surface water from fields. Our primary concern is the agricultural drainage so far we are dealing with irrigation engineering. Reclamation of water logged lands. The three primary drainage tasks are urban storm drainage. More soil moisture is made available for crop growth due to extension of crop root zone into the soil. Improvement in sanitary conditions of the area.0 DRAINAGE The term drainage is applied to systems for dealing with excess water. 14. land drainage (agriculture drainage) and high way drainage. Maintains proper aeration of upper soil layers Maintains higher soil temperature. Crop period is thus increased resulting in higher crop yield.1 BENEFITS OF DRAINAGE The benefits of drainage are:Improvement of the soil structure and increase in productivity of the soil Lengthening of growing season Facilitates early ploughing and sowing of the crop. Maintenance of water table at a reasonable depth so that water cannot rise above the natural ground by capillary action. shallow surface drains.

NATURAL DRAINS: . Sometimes taken across the valley to reduce length of the drain or to reduce length of the drain or to have proper out fall condition.4 CLASSIFICATION ACCORDING TO FUNCTION SERVED 1.These are the lowest valley line between two ridges. OPEN DRAINS: 81 . ARTIFICIAL DRAINS: -These are the constructed drains generated aligned along drainage line.2 ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS OF A DRAIN The essential requirements to be satisfied by a drain are:Admit all the flood discharge from the catchments Quick and unobstructed flow towards the drain from the catchments Capacity to carry away the received water to the out fall Seepage and or low discharge does not spread thin over the entire section Low maintenance cost Low initial cost Stable section with non-silting tendency and capable of avoiding sloughing of side slopes. CLASSIFICATION OF DRAINS ________________|_________________ | According to construction _________|_________ | artificial open drains | closed drains | According to functions _________|_________ | Natural 14.14. 2. 14.3 CLASSIFICATION ACCORDING TO CONSTRUCTION 1.

I. Surface drains: - surface drains are normally used for removal of excess surface irrigation water or for the disposal of storm water. They remove water before it has entered the soil. II. Seepage: - Cater for the sub soil water. They are made deep enough to allow water table to drop in the drain and seepage water is carried away. They are of smaller section compared to surface drains. They help maintain aeration of root zone depths. III. Surface-cum-seepage drains: - They are the dual purpose of seepage and storm water drain. During rainy season they carry storm water and seepage water in non-monsoon months. 2. CLOSED DRAIN: - The sub-surface drains remove water which has entered the

soil. They are usually laid 1 to 1.5m below the ground surface and at a suitable spacing and grade to lower water table to greater depths.

Sub surface drainage water in arid region is likely to be saline and disposal should be considered with care. Return to the natural drainage channels can lead in time to serious river water salinity. Some irrigation areas are under laid by extensive highly permeable, volcanic deposits which if they have a suitable zone of discharge, can be used as a cheap and convenient medium for the disposal o drainage water. Another geological asset to drainage is a buried historical river bed. This may be a course of very permeable sands and gravels, sealed from the surface by over laying clay layers, which if penetrated forms an excellent and cheap drainage disposal channel. Depending on the extent and depth of the quiver, it can be reached by a system of small ‘down’ wells each draining its immediate vicinity, or by a small number of main wells into which the out flow from a system of surface and under drains can be discharged. While it is generally inadvisable for sub surface drainage water to be returned to the irrigation supply unless monitored for undesirable solutes, excess storm rain and surface irrigation run off are unlikely to be contaminated and can safely be re-used. Re-use of irrigation run off in particular is practiced widely where economically justified


Figure shows down well.

Drainage channel

Impermeable stratum

Sand and gravel


Flood is terms used to describe the inundation of an area by water for a certain period of time, leading to disruption of normal activities and possible lose of properties and life. The flood could be caused by any of the following: i. ii. iii. Excessive rainfall leading to extra ordinary run off. Poor drainage system and drains of inadequate capacity. Silting up of natural drains and river beds with sediments due to erosion in the catchments area. iv. v. vi. vii. Encroachment of flood plain by human settlement. Construction of structures on river banks and beds. Highly meandering streams. Sudden failure of water retaining structures.

Civilization has always developed along rivers, whose presence guaranteed access to and from the sea coast, irrigation for crop water supplies for urban communities and latterly power development and industrial water supply. The many advantages have always been counter balanced by the dangers of floods and in the past levees or flood banks were built along many major rivers to prevent inundation in the flood season. Flood-damage mitigation was distinguished from drainage as embracing methods for combating the effects of excess water in streams. More commonly called flood control in the United States, the terminology flood-damage mitigation has been adopted in Australian practice to emphasize that absolute control over flood is verily feasible either physically or economically. What we seek to do is to reduce flood damage to a minimum consistent with the cost involved. The flood is the result of run off from rainfall in quantities too great to be confined in the low-water channels of streams. Man


can do little to prevent a major flood, but he may be able to minimize damage to crops and properly with in the flood plains of the river. The commonly accepted measures for reducing flood damage are: Reduction of peak flow by reservoirs Confinement of the flow with in a pre-determined channel by levees, flood walls or a closed conduit Reduction of peak stage by increased velocities resulting from channel improvement. Diversion of flood water through by passes or flood ways to other channel or even another water shed. Reduction of flood run off by land management Temporary evaluation of flood threatened areas on the basis of flood warnings.

The types of flood control structures usually used are: 1. Flood mitigation reservoirs 2. Levees and flood walls. FLOOD MITIGATION RESERVOIRS: - This is a structure used to store a portion of the flood flow so as to minimize the flood peak at the point to be protected. The reservoir is situated immediately upstream from the protected area and is operated to cut off the flood peak. This is accomplished by discharging all reservoirs in flow until in flow drops below the safe channel capacity, and the stored water is reduced to recover storage capacity for the next flood. If there is some distance between the reservoir and the protected area but no local in flow between these points, the reservoir operation will be quite similar.

One of the oldest most widely used methods of protecting land from flood water is to erect a barrier preventing over flow levees and flood walls are essentially longitudinal dams erected roughly parallel to a river rather than across its channel. A levee is an earth like, while a flood wall is usually of masonry construction. 85

In general. The material should be placed in layers and compacted. and most levees are homogeneous embankments. 86 . Levees are most frequently used for flood mitigation because they can be built at relatively low cost of materials available at the site. with the least pervious material along the river side of the levee. Levees are usually built of excavated material from borrow pits paralleling the levee line. Usually there is no suitable material for a core. levees and flood walls must satisfy the same structural criteria as regular dams.

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