Water Management

Research Advances in Sustainable
Micro Irrigation

Applications of Furrow and Micro Irrigation in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions
Senior Editor-in-Chief: Megh R. Goyal, PhD, PE

Applications of Furrow and Micro Irrigation in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions

Published. Available now.
Pub Date: June 2015
Hardback Price: $169.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771880893
Pages: 325 pp with index
Binding Type: hardbound
Series: Research Advances in Sustainable
Micro Irrigation

Volume: 5

Applications of Furrow and Micro Irrigation in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions, the fifth volume in the Research Advances in Sustainable Micro Irrigation book series, addresses the ever-challening need for irrigation systems in arid and semi-arid regions of the world, areas that are suffering from severe water shortages. These areas, such as Egypt, Tunisia, most of Africa and parts of South America, Central America and Australia, find it a struggle to grow crops sustainably with the water available.

This important book emphasizes sustainable agriculture practices to promote increased water usage efficiency in dry areas for the growing of crops. It presents a variety of research and studies on such topics as:

  • meteorological instruments for water management
  • buried micro irrigation laterals for soil water retention
  • water vapor flux models
  • performance of various crops grown under different irrigation methods
  • scheduling of irrigation
  • phyto-monitoring techniques
This valuable book is a must for those finding it a challenge to maintain sustainable crop production in the midst of continuous water shortages in areas where water is not naturally plentiful. With contributions from authors with hands-on experience in the field, the book will be an invaluable reference and guide to effective micro irrigation methods.

Foreword by Gajendra Singh
Part I: Basics of Sustainable Micro Irrigation
Chapter 1. Meteorological Instruments for Water Management
Lee MacDonald
Chapter 2. Water Vapor Flux Models for Agriculture
Victor H. Ramirez and Eric W. Harmsen
Chapter 3. Quality of Irrigation Water Resources: Egypt
El-Henawy, A. S., M. R. Khalifa, and M. M. Saffan
Chapter 4. Maximum Wetting Depth under an Emitter
Hammami Moncef, Daghari Hedi, Balti Jelloul, and Maalej Mohamed
Chapter 5. Wetted Zone Behavior under Micro Irrigated crops
Hammami Moncef, Daghari Hédi, and Hatira Abdessatar
Chapter 6. Design of Burried Microirrigation Laterals Based on Soil Water Retention
Hammami Moncef, Zayani Khemaies, and Hédi Ben Ali

Part II: Applications of Micro Irrigation in Agriculture
Chapter 7. Economic Returns for Drip Irrigated Tomato
Ajai Singh
Chapter 8. Root Distribution under Drip Irrigated Tomato: Tunisia
Hammami Moncef and Zayani Khemaies
Chapter 9. Performance of Drip Irrigated Tomato
Rajbir Singh, Satyendra Kumar, D. D. Nangare, and M. S. Meena
Chapter 10. Performance of Drip Irrigated Navel Orange
El-Henawy, A. S., M. R. Khalifa, S. A. Mashali, S. M. Youssef, and A. Rabie
Chapter 11. Phyto-Monitoring Techniques for Drip-Irrigated Citrus
P. Panigrahi and R. K. Sharma
Chapter 12. Irrigation Scheduling for Citrus reticulata Blanco
P. Panigrahi and A. K. Srivastava

Part III: Applications of Furrow Irrigation in Agriculture
Chapter 13. Response of Sugar Beet to Three Irrigation Regimes
Hany S. Gharib and A. S. EL-Henawy
Chapter 14. Soybean Irrigation Requirements under Varying Irrigation Regimes
M. R. Khalifa, Eman M. Soltan, and A. S. El-Henawy
Chapter 15. Irrigation Scheduling and Water Use Efficiency in Sunflower Production: North Nile Delta
A. S. El-Henawy, Eman M. K. E. Soltan, and M. R. Khalifa
Chapter 16. Irrigation Water Management for Sunflower Production: North Nile Delta, Egypt
A. S. El-Henawy and Eman M. K. E. Soltan

About the Authors / Editors:
Senior Editor-in-Chief: Megh R. Goyal, PhD, PE
Retired Professor in Agricultural and Biomedical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus Senior Acquisitions Editor, Biomedical Engineering and Agricultural Science, Apple Academic Press, Inc.
email: goyalmegh@gmail.com

Megh R. Goyal, PhD, PE, is a Retired Professor in Agricultural and Biomedical Engineering in the General Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at University of Puerto Rico–Mayaguez Campus; and Senior Acquisitions Editor and Senior Technical Editor-in-Chief in Agriculture and Biomedical Engineering for Apple Academic Press Inc. He received his BSc degree in engineering in 1971 from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India; his MSc degree in 1977 and PhD degree in 1979 from the Ohio State University, Columbus; and his Master of Divinity degree in 2001 from Puerto Rico Evangelical Seminary, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, USA. He spent one-year sabbatical leave in 2002–2003 at the Biomedical Engineering Department at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, USA. Since 1971, he has worked as Soil Conservation Inspector (1971); Research Assistant at Haryana Agricultural University (1972–75) and Ohio State University (1975–79); Research Agricultural Engineer/Professor at the Department of Agricultural Engineering of UPRM (1979–1997); and Professor in Agricultural and Biomedical Engineering in the General Engineering Department of UPRM (1997–20120.

He was first agricultural engineer to receive the professional license in Agricultural Engineering in 1986 from College of Engineers and Surveyors of Puerto Rico. On September 16, 2005, he was proclaimed as “Father of Irrigation Engineering in Puerto Rico for the twentieth century” by the ASABE, Puerto Rico Section, for his pioneer work on micro irrigation, evapotranspiration, agroclimatology, and soil and water engineering. During his professional career of 45 years, he has received awards such as Scientist of the Year, Blue Ribbon Extension Award, Research Paper Award, Nolan Mitchell Young Extension Worker Award, Agricultural Engineer of the Year, Citations by Mayors of Juana Diaz and Ponce, Membership Grand Prize for ASAE Campaign, Felix Castro Rodriguez Academic Excellence, Rashtrya Ratan Award and Bharat Excellence Award and Gold Medal, Domingo Marrero Navarro Prize, Adopted Son of Moca, Irrigation Protagonist of UPRM, and Man of Drip Irrigation by Mayor of Municipalities of Mayaguez/Caguas/Ponce and Senate/Secretary of Agriculture of ELA, Puerto Rico.

He has authored more than 200 journal articles and textbooks, including Elements of Agroclimatology (Spanish) by UNISARC, Colombia, and two Bibliographies on Drip Irrigation. Apple Academic Press Inc. (AAP) has published his books, namely Biofluid Dynamics of Human Body, Management of Drip/Trickle or Micro Irrigation, Evapotranspiration: Principles and Applications for Water Management, Sustainable Micro Irrigation Design Systems for Agricultural Crops: Practices and Theory, Biomechanics of Artificial Organs and Prostheses, and Scientific and Technical Terms in Bioengineering and Biotechnology. During 2014–15, AAP is publishing his ten-volume set, Research Advances in Sustainable Micro Irrigation. Readers may contact him at: goyalmegh@gmail.com.

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