Irrigation For Corn

What amount of water is necessary per acre for the best possible yield

of corn under acreage conditions and proper cultivation in the San

Joaquin or Sacramento valleys?

No one can answer such a question with anything more than a guess. It

depends upon how much rain has fallen the previous winter, how retentive

the soil is naturally, and what has been done to help the soil to hold

it. Nearly all the corn that is grown is carried without any irrigation

at all on moist lowlands, which may be too wet for winter crops. If you

demand a guess, make it six acre-inches, with a good surface pulverizing

after each run of water in furrows between the rows. This water would be

best used in two or three applications.

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