AOM 6735: Irrigation Principles & Management

This course is designed to teach graduate students about irrigation such that they would have the skills to evaluate an irrigation system, identify parts of a system, and develop an irrigation schedule based on system characteristics. This course is designed for non-engineers although quantitative ability will be required for calculations and analysis.

Topics covered by the course: 

  • Soil and water relationships (infiltration, soil moisture release curves).

  • Components of the hydrologic cycle and how they can be measured or estimated.

  • Evapotranspiration calculation process and modeling.

  • Pros and cons of different irrigation systems and their function.

  • Calculating irrigation rates, irrigation efficiency, and plant water use efficiency.

  • Irrigation scheduling.