Water Management

Research Advances in Sustainable
Micro Irrigation

Best Management Practices for Drip Irrigated Crops
Editors: Kamal Gurmit Singh, PhD
Megh R. Goyal, PhD, PE
Ramesh P. Rudra, PhD, PE

Best Management Practices for Drip Irrigated Crops

Published. Available now.
Pub Date: July 2015
Hardback Price: $179.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771880954
E-Book ISBN: 978-1-4987-1482-2
Pages: 440pp with index
Binding Type: hardback
Series: Research Advances in Sustainable
Micro Irrigation

Volume: 6

This important book, volume 6 of the Research Advances in Sustainable Micro Irrigation book series, focuses on best management practices for drip irrigated crops. It cover irrigation methods, scheduling of micro irrigation, and mulching and crop performance along with many other topics. The methods described here have been tweaked and proved to be effective and productive. Many practices, procedures, and methods are described here, including

• low tunnel technology
• low pressure fertigation injector
• climatological approaches
• design and cost estimation
• efficient water use
• economics of different micro irrigation methods
• crop spacing

Micro irrigation techniques with diverse crops are discussed, including sweet pepper, chili, tomatoes, cauliflower, wheat, sweet peas, sugarcane, and potatoes. The performance of the various techniques have been tested and evaluated in the field. Written by experts on micro irrigation, this valuable book is a must-have for micro irrigation professionals as well as advanced students.

Part I: Irrigation Methods
1. Low Tunnel Technology for Vegetable Crops in India
A. S. Lodhi, A. Kaushal, and K. G. Singh
2. Performance of Sweet Pepper Under Low Tunnel Technology
A. S. Lodhi, Arun Kaushal, and Kamal G. Singh
3. Economics of Growing Sweet Pepper in Low Tunnels
A. Kaushal, A. S. Lodhi, and K. G. Singh
4. Performance of Greenhouse Sweet Pepper
K. G. Singh, Angrej Singh, and G. Mahajan
5. Nitrogen Fertigation in Drip Irrigated Cauliflower
Chetan Singla and Kamal G. Singh
6. Evaluation of Irrigation Strategies for Wheat
K. G. Singh and A. K. Tiwari
7. Evapotranspiration Estimations Using Climatological Approaches
Kamal Gurmit Singh and Pawanpreet Kaur
8. Advances in Micro Irrigation for Enhancing Resource Use Efficiency
Kamal G. Singh
9. Micro Irrigated Sugarcane in India: A Review
Arun Kaushal, Rahul Patole, and Kamal G. Singh
10. Drip Irrigation Design for Sugarcane
Pooja Behal and Kamal G. Singh
11. Design and Cost Estimation of Micro-Sprinkler Irrigation System for Chili
Satwinder Singh and Kamal G. Singh
12. Development of Low Pressure Fertigation Injector
Santosh Kumar, Kamal G. Singh, and Chetan Singla
Part II: Micro Irrigation Scheduling
13. Simulation of Salt Distribution and Moisture Wetting Patterns in Drip Irrigated Tomato
D. D. Nangare and K. G. Singh
14. Water Use Efficiency for Sweet Peppers
A. S. Lodhi, A. Kaushal, and K. G. Singh
15. Irrigation Water Requirements of Green Pea
K. G. Singh, Mukesh Siag, and G. Mahajan
16. Irrigation Scheduling of Cauliflower
Chetan Singla, K. G. Singh, and Nilesh Biwalkar
Part III: Mulching and Crop Performance
17. Use of Mulches in Soil Moisture Conservation: A Review
Sushant Mehan and Kamal G. Singh
18. Performance of Drip Irrigated Groundnut
Angrej Singh, K. G. Singh, Ramesh. P. Rudra, and Pradeep K. Goel
19. Performance of Drip Irrigated Potato
Amanpreet Kaur Chawla and Kamal G. Singh
20. Evaluation of Different Crop Sequences Using Drip Irrigation System
A. K. Saini and K. G. Singh
21. Economics of Drip Irrigated Crop Sequences
A. K. Saini, K. G. Singh, and Mukesh Siag
22. Economics of Drip Irrigated Closely Spaced Crops
K. G. Singh, H. A. W. S. Gunathilake, Ramesh. P. Rudra, and Pradeep K. Goel
23. Economics of Drip Irrigated Cauliflower-Chili Sequence
K. G. Singh, G. Mahajan, and Mukesh Siag

About the Authors / Editors:
Editors: Kamal Gurmit Singh, PhD
Senior Research Engineer, Department of Soil & Water Engineering, Punjab Agricultural, Ludhiana, Punjab, India

Kamal G. Singh, PhD, is working as Senior Research Engineer in the Department of Soil & Water Engineering at the Punjab Agricultural Ludhiana, Punjab, India. Dr. Singh is an authority in the Punjab State of India on micro irrigation and protected structures with more than 28 years of academic and consulting experience, particularly in environmental engineering/water resources management, micro irrigation, protected cultivation, and computer simulation modeling such as LEACHN, SALTMED, and MODFLOW. He has worked as Principal Investigator on several research projects, including “Plasticulture” and “best management practices” at Punjab Agricultural University. He has extensive experience in designing, installation, and use of protected cultivated structures, i.e. polyhouses, net houses, and micro irrigation systems. He has been awarded with a gold medal for recognition in the field of soil and water engineering by the Society of Recent Developments in Agriculture (SRDA), India. In addition, he has attended training on net house designing at AVRDC—The World Vegetable Centre, Taiwan. He has also acted as chairman/ member of several technical committees on micro irrigation and greenhouse technology. A dedicated professor teaching courses such as advanced hydrology, watershed hydrology, system engineering for graduate and postgraduate students, he has also advised 5 MS and 3 PhD students. He has published over 87 papers including 38 refereed journal articles. He received a BTech, a MTech and a PhD (Agricultural Engineering) from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India.

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.

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.

Ramesh P. Rudra, PhD, PE
Professor of Water Resources Engineering, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Ramesh P Rudra, PhD, PE, is currently Professor of Water Resources Engineering at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. With more than 34 years of experience as a water resource engineer, researcher, and educator in Canada, the United States, and India, he is involved in research related to source water protection, development of procedures for watershed system capacity for water quality (TMDL), and tools for site-specific design of vegetative filter strips to protect and improve stream water quality in rural areas. He is a member of many professional organizations and has received the Canadian Society of Agricultural Engineers’ Jim Beamish Award for excellence (research and teaching) in soil and water conservation. Dr. Rudra received his BSc (Engineering) from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India; his MSc; and his PhD from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA.

Dr. Rudra’s work has primarily focused on agricultural water management through investigation of fundamental process of soil erosion, hydrology, irrigation and drainage, irrigation with saline water, source water protection, modeling and management of non-point source pollution, as evident by the publications in Asia, Europe and North America. Several graduate students from Asia, Africa, Far East and Middle East have worked on soil and water management problems related to their countries under his supervision. In addition, he has provided technical assistance to extension agents, government officials in planning, design, development, management and evaluation of source water protection schemes, water quality monitoring projects, irrigation and drainage systems, both surface and sub-surface drainage, soil erosion control practices and structures, and water harvesting. He has been involved in the development and evaluation of models for source water protection and non-point source pollution management, nomographs and computer software for management of water quantity and quality at the farm as well as watershed scale. His present research activities include development of watershed-based tools to help quantify the health status of water bodies in rural watersheds, and also economically feasible, environmentally sustainable and socially acceptable strategies to improve their status by identifying the source of pollution and their relative contribution to the impairment of water quality. This approach provides a linkage between needs for nutrient management and watershed-based source water protection. He is also involved in the development of tools for the site-specific design of vegetative strips to improve stream water quality in rural and urban environment.

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