Where water is lost?

Agriculture uses most of our fresh water sources in the world. In domestic water usage, most of that water is recaptured, recycled and reused. So how to we make our agricultural use of water more efficient? This is the question.

One way is dealing with what we call the “reservoir capacity” of the soil. That is the moisture holding capacity associated with that soil in that location.

Many factors make up the holding capacity of soil. Sand has very little holding capacity, however in sand, toxins of the soil do not aggregate very rapidly. In clay soil, there is tremendous moisture holding capacity. However in some clay soils, the soil expands and eventually eliminates the percolation rate of the soil and waterlogs the soil. What do we do to adjust the soil to create the maximum effective growing area with the minimum amount of water? I have one of the answers. See you tomorrow.


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2 Responses to “Where water is lost?”

  1. anonymous Says:

    Here’s a greener road to travel
    A typical car wash lasting 10 minutes uses approximately 100 gallons of water. What if we could conserve hundreds of gallons of water in one week. Go to a local car wash that uses recycled water or use an eco-friendly waterless car wash.
    It takes only 15 minutes, is effective and uses no water

  2. Andrew Says:

    I run a small landscaping company in Birmingham AL.

    Over the past 6 years we have experienced several years of rather severe drought which has gotten people to think about conservation. I have started to install rain barrels (underground and in crawl spaces under porches etc) low water irrigation systems, and of course the biggest is to use local plants that are drought tolerant in many of my designs.

    Water conservation is not a fad. It is a must even in the SE where we “thought” we were immune!

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