Liquid polymers keep drip irrigation lines from clogging
J. L. Meyer, UC Riverside
M. J. Snyder
L. H. Valenzuela
R. Strohman, UC Riverside
California Agriculture 45(1):24-25. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v045n01p24.
Clogging from lime (CaCO3) precipitation can be prevented by injecting a homopolymer of maleic anhydride into buried drip systems. Investigators prevented drip tubing from clogging in coastal strawberry plots by using this polymer and chlorine for high-bicarbonate waters.
J. L. Meyer is Irrigation and Soils Specialist, UC Riverside; M. J. Snyder is Farm Advisor, Santa Barbara County; L. H. Valenzuela is Farm Advisor, Santa Barbara County; A. Harris is with Ciba-Geigy, Manchester, United Kingdom. R. A. Strohman is Staff Research Associate, UC Riverside;
The authors wish to acknowledge the valuable assistance provided by growers Ronald Burkand Robert Espifiola of Gold Coast Farms, and by Olocco Ag Services, Santa Maria, California.