Beyond burying the lateral: Current issues in and future opportunities for subsurface drip irrigation Academic Article uri icon


  • Irrigation is an essential component of agricultural management where greater production of food and fiber is required under severe constraints of water resources protection and conservation. We are challenged to increase production using less water and are often required to do so with low-quality water sources. Drip irrigation, applied either on or below the soil surface, attempts to increase water use efficiency through; reduced runoff and evaporation losses, reduced leaching of water and contaminants below the root zone, and increased yields by providing optimum conditions for plant uptake of water and nutrients.Drip irrigation has been shown to successfully increase efficiency of water application and to increase yield for many crops (Phene, 1995; Camp, 1998). The main advantage of drip over other irrigation methods is derived from its ability to provide small …

publication date

  • January 1, 2003