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Measuring Water Flow in Surface Irrigation Ditches and Gated Pipe

Author: 
Martin, Edward
Publication Date: 
December 2011
Publication Number: 
AZ1329-2011
Pages: 
7 pp.
Abstract or Description: 
Measuring water is a critical part of any irrigation management system. This informational bulletin gives some simplistic methods of measuring flow rate in an open ditch and in gated pipe. Using the float method, dye tracers and velocity head meters, growers can get a quick estimate of the flow in their farm ditch. From this, an estimate of water applied or a set time can be determined. The bulletin also explains how a propeller meter works for gated pipe. Gated pipe is widely used through the state and in the West. Originally published: 2006
Language: 
English
Publisher: 
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
Contributor: 
Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering
Relation: 
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Publication AZ1157 and AZ1130
Keyword: 
surface irrigation
flow rate
water
irrigation
water flow
Type: 
Text
Subject Category: 
Plant Production/Crops
Water
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