Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/31/1999
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Water for agriculture generally is adequate in humid regions, but water conservation often is needed in subhumid and semiarid regions for good crop production, even with irrigation because of limited supplies. Increasingly, urban, industrial, environmental, and recreational users compete for agricultural water supplies. Although temporally and spatially variable, annual total supplies are relatively constant. The increasing competition therefore, makes it imperative that agriculture does its share to conserve water to achieve greater production for an ever-increasing populace. In this report, we discuss basic principles of and some practices for achieving agricultural water conservation, both under dryland (rainfed) and irrigated conditions.