Chemigation

Authored by: William L. Kranz

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-EEM-120010031

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Abstract

Chemigation is the practice of distributing approved agricultural chemicals such as fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, nematicides, and growth regulators by injecting them into water flowing through a properly designed and managed irrigation system. The term chemigation was originally coined to describe the concept of applying commercial fertilizers that were needed for crop production. Field research, and advances in sprinkler and chemical injection technology have stimulated the use of chemigation as a major crop production tool. Today chemigation is one of the more efficient, economical, and environmentally safe methods of applying chemicals needed for successful crop, orchard, turf, greenhouse, and landscape operations.

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