Course Description

Survey of irrigation systems, system configurations, factors that influence irrigation efficiency, crop water requirements, energy requirements, pumps, irrigation scheduling. For non-engineers. Lec/lab/rec. PREREQS: MTH 111

Course Objectives

The student, upon completion of this course, should be able to:

  • Calculate crop water requirements and estimate required irrigation system capacity.
  • Calculate allowable soil moisture depletion and assess maximum interval between irrigations.
  • Estimate economically optimal levels of water use.
  • Recognize application uniformity and irrigation adequacy and their relationship to irrigation efficiency.
  • Create preliminary designs for standard irrigation systems: center pivot, drip irrigation, and wheel line.
  • Estimate the pressure losses in pipes and fittings.
  • Describe the operational characteristics of pumps, and evaluate their performance.
  • Adapt the principles and technology of scientific irrigation scheduling.
  • Identify the processes and factors to deal with to ensure sustainability of irrigation.