Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, NDSU Dept. 7620, PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050
ABEN Doctoral Graduate Student Advisers: Dr. Dean Steele and Dr. Zhulu Lin
Anthony W. Wamono is a Ph.D. graduate student in the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering department at North Dakota State University (NDSU). He holds a Master of Science in Environmental and Conservation Sciences from NDSU and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.He worked at the Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda, as a technical officer. His current research is focused on understanding the effects of calcium-based surface amendments on the hydraulic conductivity and selected physical properties of subsurface drained sodic-saline soils.The goal of his work is to develop guidelines for improving drainage, trafficability and workability of saline-sodic soils.
The installation of tile drainage to remove excess moisture in the fall and spring poses a risk of transforming saline-sodic soils to sodic soils in the Northern Great Plains. Yet, leaching of sodic soils with low EC water results in the swelling of the soil, dispersion of clay particles and consequently the breakdown of soil structure. Changes in soil hydraulic and physical properties ensue, such as reduced hydraulic conductivity and increased soil hardness when the soil is dry.
- Wamono, A., D. Steele, Z. Lin, T. DeSutter, X. Jia, and D. Clay. 2015. Effects of calcium based surface amendments on the penetration resistance of subsurface drained sodic soils. Trans. ASABE (Manuscript ID NRES-11516-2015.
- Wamono, A., D. Steele, Z. Lin, T. DeSutter, X. Jia, and D. Clay. 2015. Gypsum lowers drawbar power in Northern Great Plains subsurface drained sodic soils. Trans. ASABE Manuscript ID NRES-11689-2015.
- Wamono, A., D.D. Steele, Z. Lin, T. DeSutter, X. Jia, and D. Clay. 2015. Effects of gypsum and sugar beet spent lime application on hydraulic properties of subsurface drained sodic soils. Trans. ASABE (Manuscript ID NRES-11596-2015.