Evaluation of Water Retaining Soil Amendment, Cropping Systems and an Alternative Labor Source for Vegetable Production

Final Report for FNE94-057

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 1994: $5,087.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/1994
Region: Northeast
State: Pennsylvania
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Note to readers, attached is the complete final report for FNE94-057.

It became apparent that running a temporary line to the second creek would be impractical and unnecessary. The second or “staging” tank was used only once and this was for testing only. The seasonal water supply much be in close proximity to the field to be irrigated.

Fluctuating water levels were a minor problem but could become critical if not watched. Surprisingly, high was was more of a problem than low water. Water level rose rapidly after thunderstorms. Access to the creek became difficult or impossible. Floating or suspended debris would stick the suction hose jarring the pump, occasionally cause loss of the prime and restrict flow by blocking the strainer. Low water may limit the amount or more frequently the rate at which water can be pulled. It should be noted that this creek is so small that no flow data has ever been collected, it has no tributaries and is not even listed as a Class 1 stream. Despite this, a minimal flow adequate enough to prevent water level from dropping more than 2″ in the pool was maintained even during a 3 week period when no appreciable rain feel and both out well and spring ran dry.

Cooperators

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  • Dr. M. D Orzolek

Research

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