This position is located in the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Water Management Research Unit in Parlier, CA.
The incumbent is responsible for research in the broad area of integrated design and management of irrigation systems used in semi-arid and arid irrigated areas and the development of crop coefficients and water requirements for irrigated crops grown in the Western U.S. with a focus on alfalfa for dairy.
- Characterize alfalfa crop water use as a function of irrigation methods, soil type and salinity, and cultural practices such as fertilizer application and cutting frequency
- Determine crop coefficients and water requirements for irrigated crops grown in the Western U.S. in water limited conditions, with a focus on alfalfa for dairy
- Develop drought water management strategies, including regulated deficit irrigation of crops grown in arid and semi-arid irrigated areas
- Develop and validate water management models suitable for design and management of irrigation systems and irrigation scheduling in arid and semi-arid areas
- Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific journals