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Irrigation management with saline water | Dana O. Porter and Thomas Marek

One of the most common water quality concerns for irrigated agriculture is salinity. All major irrigation water sources contain dissolved salts. These salts include a variety of natural occurring dissolved minerals, which can vary with location, time, and water source. Many of these mineral salts are micronutrients, having beneficial effects. However, excessive total salt concentration or excessive levels of some potentially toxic elements can have detrimental effects on plant health and/or soil conditions.