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Utah State University Faculty Honor Lectures




The Faculty Association, Utah State Agricultural College

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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.


T HIS LECTURE by Doctor D. Wynne Thorne is the tenth in a series presented annually by a scholar chosen from the resident faculty at the Utah State Agricultural College. The occasion expresses one of the broad purposes of the College Faculty Association, an association of members of the faculty. These lectures appear under the Association's auspices as defined in Article II of its Constitution, amended in 1951: The purposes of the organization shall be . . . to encourage intellectual growth and development of its members . . . by sponsoring an Annual Faculty Research Lecture . . . The lecturer shall be a resident member of the faculty selected by a committee of seven members, one of whom shall be appointed from the faculty of each of the Schools of the College . . . In choosing the lecturers, the Committee shall take into consideration the achievements of faculty members in all the various areas of learning represented by the teaching and research of the Institution. Among the factors to be considered shall be outstanding achievement in one or more of the following: (1) publication of research through recognized channels in the field of the proposed lecture; (2) outstanding teaching over an extended period of years; (3) personal influence in developing the characters of students. Doctor Thorne was selected by the committee to the tenth lectureship thus sponsored. On behalf of the members of the Association we are happy to present Doctor Thorne's paper: THE DESERT SHALL BLOSSOM AS THE ROSE.

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