Climatic limitations on plant growth evaluated by balancing soil moisture against evaporation and transpiration
Rodney J. Arkley, University of California
Rudolph Ulrich, Soil Conservation Service
California Agriculture 15(1):4-6. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v015n01p4.
Rodney J. Arkley is Specialist in Soils and Plant Nutrition, University of California, Berkeley. Rudolph Ulrich is Soil Scientist, U.S.D.A., Soil Conservation Service, Berkeley.
Abstract Not Available – First paragraph follows:
Crop selection and soil management practices can be based on accurate estimates of evapotranspiration—water loss from the soil by direct evaporation and by plant transpiration—derived from climatic analysis. Growth of crop plants is dependent on the three major factors of soil, climate and management. Soil and management have been studied more thoroughly and are better understood than the factor of climate.