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Title: Controlled drainage management to minimise salt loads
Contributor(s): Hornbuckle, John (author); Christen, Evan W (author); Faulkner, Richard David  (author); Ayars, JE (author)
Publication Date: 2004
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Abstract: This paper introduces the concept of controlled drainage and presents results from a study investigating the potential of controlled drainage for reducing drainage volumes and salt loads in an irrigated vineyard in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area of South Eastern Australia. This study compared traditional unmanaged drainage systems with controlled drainage systems utilizing weirs to maintain water tables and minimise drainage volumes. The results from the field experiments indicated that controlled drainage has the potential to significantly reduce drainage volumes and salt loads compared to unmanaged subsurface drainage systems. However, careful management is needed to ensure that rootzone salinity levels are maintained at optimum levels for plant production.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: 1st National Salinity Engineering Conference, Perth, Australia, 9th - 12th November, 2004
Conference Details: 1st National Salinity Engineering Conference, Perth, Australia, 9th - 12th November, 2004
Source of Publication: Engineering Salinity Solutions: 1st National Salinity Engineering Conference 2004 Conference Proceedings, p. 170-175
Publisher: Engineers Australia
Place of Publication: Barton, Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 079901 Agricultural Hydrology (Drainage, Flooding, Irrigation, Quality, etc)
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 960905 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Water Management
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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