Utah State University Faculty Honor Lectures
The Faculty Association, Utah State Agricultural College
IRRIGATION AGRICULTURE has not received attention commensurate with its significance in either ancient or modem times. Although most ancient civilizations depended on irrigation for their very existence, one can consult volume after volume of history only to find irrigation scarcely mentioned. To the agricultural specialist the great challenge and the strength and weakness of irrigation agriculture is not in constructing Boulder Dams nor in planning winding canals and syphons to carry water from the Columbia River to California. The critical point is on the farms where water is applied to the soil and crops are harvested. There the real battles are being waged. This lecture has been prepared to emphasize some of these on-the-farm problems, particularly those involved in the relationships among irrigation water, soils, and the growth of crop plants. I appreciate this honor of being the Faculty Research Lecturer for 1950-51. In preparing the material presented here I have drawn freely on the ideas and data of my colleagues, often without proper credit. In many instances I have no way of knowing just where concepts originated. To the many who have aided me directly and indirectly, I express my deep appreciation.
Thorne, D. Wynne, "The Desert Shall Blossom as the Rose" (1951). Faculty Honor Lectures. Paper 28.