Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Publications

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

1995

Journal or Book Title

Transactions of the ASAE

Volume

38

Issue

2

First Page

489

Last Page

498

Research Focus Area(s)

Land and Water Resources Engineering

DOI

10.13031/2013.27857

Abstract

Fluctuating water table and subsurface drain flow components were incorporated in the Root Zone Water Quality Model (RZWQM) to enable the model to simulate subsurface drain flows. Parameters in a modified model were calibrated using observed subsurface drain flows for 1990. Model performance was evaluated by predicting subsurface drain flows for 1991 and 1992 by using the calibrated parameters and comparing the predicted drain flows with observed subsurface drain flows for the same years. The modified RZWQM model, in general, showed a good response to rainfall in terms of time of peak flows. However, the modified RZWQM model overpredicted total tile flows by an average of 13%, and the magnitudes of peak tile flows were generally underpredicted. Selected soil properties (bulk density, macroporosity, and residue content) in the surface horizon were changed to investigate tillage effects on tile flows using the modified RZWQM. Four different tillage systems, chisel plow (CP), moldboard plow (MB), no-tillage (NT), and ridge-tillage (RT), were considered. Predicted tillage effects on subsurface drain flows were consistent with the observed effects (i.e., maximum tile flow for NT and minimum tile flow for MB).

Comments

This article was published in Transactions of the ASAE. 38(2): 489-498, doi:10.13031/2013.27857. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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