Managing salinity

Salinity can be managed

Salt is added to the soil during each irrigation. Adding fertilizers can further increase salinity. Excess salt must be removed from the root zone before it increases to a level that seriously affects yield.

Most salts are readily soluble and move with water in the soil. The salt content of the root zone varies with depth and distance from the point in the soil where water is applied (application point).

Salinity near the application point of irrigation water is usually low. Salt builds up at the outer edges of the wetted area.

Depending on the sensitivity of your crop to salt, you may need to implement a salinity management plan.

Salt patterns caused by different lateral placements.


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