CORNELL CSS 260 - Lab 5 Soil Water (8 pages)

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Cornell University
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Css 260 - Soil Science

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Lab 5 Soil Water This week s lab will take place at the Cornell University Turfgrass Field Research Laboratory and Robert Trent Jones Golf Course At the Turfgrass Research Laboratory we will conduct one percolation test as a group Then we will take infiltration measurements at the turf plots These plots have different soil textures which will affect their infiltration rates In the second part of the lab we will take infiltration and surface runoff measurements on the golf course Your task will be to access the suitability of a site for a septic system and to access whether soil management has maintained good infiltration rates Objectives Examine the effects of soil texture structure and compaction on water infiltration Measure the impact of soil compaction on surface runoff Distinguish between soil infiltration and percolation and identify important soil properties that impact these processes Perform a percolation test for septic systems Reading 5 6 Infiltration and Percolation 6 8 Percolation and Groundwater 6 9 Enhancing Soil Drainage 6 10 Septic System Drain Fields Site Background The Turfgrass Field Research Laboratory is comprised of twenty eight acres of turfgrass field research and borders the No 8 fairway of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell University This site established in 1973 and has seen consistent growth and development Researchers are investigating environmental soil and turfgrass management issues on 120 mini greens that represent a portion of the Turfgrass Field Research Laboratory Additional facilities include an equipment repair shop storage barn and a state of the art pesticide management facility which is shared jointly by the Turfgrass Field Research Laboratory and the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course An in ground irrigation system controlled by a new Toro LTC central satellite system irrigates one third of the field research laboratory The remaining land area can be irrigated by means of temporary above ground solid set system



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