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The original Handbook 60 was first published in 1954, and reissued in 1969. The paper version is out of print and no longer available. This USDA Publication has been scanned and converted to Adobe? PDF (Portable Document Format) files, which are available in 13 viewable and/or downloadable files, or the complete handbook in its entirety.
The numbered files correspond to chapters; other files included are:
  • Original Cover, Preface, and Introduction
  • Table of Contents
  • Literature Citations
  • Glossary
  • Appendix

Special Notice

The U.S. Salinity Laboratory agreed to cooperate in the production of a book published by the Irrigation & Drainage Division of the American Civil Engineering Society that will serve as a replacement of Handbook No. 60 "Diagnosis and Improvement of Saline and Alkali Soils" (Pub. 180).

The title is: "Agricultural Salinity Assessment and Management", In: K. K. Tanji (ed.); ASCE Manuals & Reported on Engineering Practice No. 71, 1990.

ISBN: 0-87262-762-4
Stock Number: 762
Pages: 631,
American Society of Civil Engineers

This book can be purchased online, or by calling the ASCE at 1-800-548-2723

"Agricultural Salinity Assessment and Management" (Manual No. 71) integrates contemporary concepts and management practices for agricultural water and salinity problems. It consists of 28 chapters, written by 49 contributing authors, and covers not only the technical and scientific aspects of the topic but also the environmental, economic, and legal aspects. Some of the subjects discussed are:
  1. The effects of salts on soil and plants
  2. The methods of sampling, monitoring, and measuring salinity
  3. The use of saline drainage water in irrigation
  4. The methods of managing salinity
  5. The use of models in salinity assessment
Considering the topics covered, engineers, scientists, practitioners, and educators will find this manual to be a valuable resource on the mitigation of salinity problems in irrigated agriculture.
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