:: Charles M. Burt ::

Charles M. Burt

Chairman of the Board, ITRC

Office: BRAE 08A-022B
Phone: 805-756-2379
Fax: 805-756-2433

  Ph.D., P.E., CID

  • Author or co-author of 120 articles and study guides, related to on-farm irrigation, canal modernization, and efficiency (See below for a partial list of publications).
  • First chairman of the IA Certification Board.
  • Extensive field and design experience in drip, sprinkler, and surface.
  • Extensive field and theoretical experience in canal / pipeline / pump modernization.
  • Work experience in 26 countries.
  • Registered Civil Engineer and Agricultural Engineer, California.
  • Registered Professional Engineer, Utah.
  • Person of the Year (1997) - The Irrigation Association.
  • Person of the Year (2000) - California Irrigation Institute.


   Professor, BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department



  • B.S., Soil Science, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • M.S., Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, Utah State University, Logan, UT
  • Ph.D., Engineering, Utah State University, Logan, UT


  Teaches the following University irrigation classes:

  • BRAE 331 Irrigation Theory
  • BRAE 532 Wells and Pumps
  • BRAE 533 Irrigation Project Design
  • BRAE 438 Drip Irrigation
  • BRAE 414 Irrigation Engineering
  • BRAE 440 Agricultural Irrigation Systems
  • BRAE 405 Chemigation


   Examples of publications by Dr. Charles Burt:

  • Burt, C.M., G. Stringham and D. James. 1976. Increasing Yields on Recently Graded Land Through Proper Phosphate Fertilization. Utah Science. Reprinted in Nov/Dec 1976 issue of Irrigation Age.

  • Burt, C.M. and J. Keller. 1976. Very Low Pressure Sprinkler Irrigation. ASAE Paper No. 76-2517. , and Utah State University 2111(d)-12 bulletin. Dept. of Agricultural and Irrigation Engineering.

  • Merriam, J., Shearer and C.M. Burt. 1980. Evaluating Irrigation Systems and Practices. Chapter 17 in the ASAE Monograph No. 3. M.E. Jensen, editor. Pp. 721-762.

  • Burt, C.M. and J. Lord. 1981. Demand Theory and Application in Irrigation District Water Delivery. Proceedings of the ASAE Specialty Conference on Irrigation Scheduling, held at Chicago, Ill.

  • Burt, C.M. 1983. Regulation of Sloping Canals by Downstream Regulation Control. ASAE Paper No. 83-2582. Presented at the winter meeting of ASAE in Chicago, Ill.

  • Burt, C.M., R. Walker and S. Styles. 1992. Irrigation System Evaluation Manual - rev 1992. A comprehensive, documented software package for evaluation of agricultural irrigation systems. Funded by the OWC, Calif. DWR. Pub. by ITRC, Dept. of Agricultural Engineering, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

  • Burt, C.M. and G. Gartrell. 1993. Irrigation Canal - Simulation Model Usage. 1993. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering. 119 (4):631-636.

  • Plusquellec, H., C.M. Burt and H. Wolter. 1994. Modern Water Control in Irrigation - Concepts Issues and Applications. World Bank Technical Paper Number 246. Irrigation and Drainage Series. The World Bank. Washington, D.C.

  • Burt, C.M. 1994. The Irrigation Consumer Bill of Rights. Irrigation Journal. Vol 44(4): 32-33.

  • Burt, C.M. and S. Styles. 2000. Drip and Microirrigation for Trees, Vines, and Row Crops, with special sections on buried drip. Published by the ITRC, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA. ISBN 0-9643634-2-9. 292p.

  • Burt, C.M. 1995. The Surface Irrigation Manual - A Comprehensive Guide to Design and Operation of Surface Irrigation Systems. Waterman Industries. Exeter, CA. ISBN 0-9639016. 373 p.

  • Burt, C.M. 1995. Guidelines for Establishing Irrigation Scheduling Policies. Theme V: Interaction Between Water Delivery and Irrigation Scheduling. ICID/FAO Workshop on Irrigation Scheduling: From Theory to Practice. Sept. 12-13. Rome, Italy.

  • Burt, C.M., K. O'Connor and T. Ruehr. 1995. Fertigation. Published by the ITRC, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA. ISBN 0-9643634-1-0. 326 p.

  • Burt, C.M. and S. Styles. 1996. Modern Water Control and Management Practices in Irrigation: Impact on Performance. FAO Technical Papers. Water Report 19. ISSN 1020-1203. 223 p.

  • Burt, C.M., R. Mills, R. Khalsa, and V. Ruiz. 1998. Improved Proportional-Integral (PI) Logic for Canal Automation. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering.

  • Burt, C.M., A. Clemmens, T. Strelkoff, K. Solomon, R. Bliesner, L. Hardy, T. Howell, and D. Eisenhauer. 1998. Irrigation Performance Measures - Efficiency and Uniformity. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering 123(6):423-442.

  • Burt, C.M.  2004.  Rapid Field Evaluation of Drip and Microspray Distribution Uniformity.  Kluwer Academic Publishers.  Irrigation and Drainage Systems 18:275-297.

  • Burt, C.M., A.J. Mutziger, R.G. Allen, and T.A. Howell.  2005.  Evaporation Research - A Review and Interpretation.  Journal Irrig. Drain. Engr. 131(1): 37-58.

  • Mutziger, A.J., C.M. Burt, D.J. Howes, and R.G. Allen.  2005.  Comparison of Measured and Modified FAO 56 Modeled Bare Soil Evaporation.  Journal Irrig. Drain. Engr. 131(1): 59-72.

  • Allen, R.G., A.J. Clemmens, C.M. Burt, K. Solomon, and T. O'Halloran.  2005.  Prediction Accuracy for Projectwide Evapotranspiration Using Crop Coefficients and Reference Evapotranspiration.  Journal Irrig. Drainage. Engr. 131(1): 24-36.

  • van Overloop, P.J., J. Schuurmans, R. Brouwer, and C.M. Burt.  2005.  Multiple Model Optimization of Decentralized PI-Controllers on Canals.  Journal Irrig. Drain. Engr. 131(2: 190-196.

  • Burt, C.M. and B. Isbell.  2005.  Leaching of Accumulated Soil Salinity Under Drip Irrigation.  Trans. of ASAE 48(6): 2115-2121.

  • Burt, C.M.  2007.  Volumetric Irrigation Water Pricing Considerations.  Irrigation Drainage Syst. 21:133-144.
  • Burt, C.M. and S.W. Styles. 2007. Drip and Micro Irrigation Design and Management for Trees, Vines, and Field Crops. Practice plus Theory. 3rd Edition. ISBN 978-0-9643634-4-1. 396 p.
  • Burt, C.M., X. Piao, F. Gaudi, B. Busch, and NFN Taufik. 2008. Electric Motor Efficiency Under Variable Frequencies and Loads. ASCE Journal Irrig. Drain. Engr 134(2):129-136.
  • Styles, S.W., C. Burt, F. Gaudi, and S. Orvis. 2008. Assessment of ITRC’s Rapid Evaluation Procedure for Drip/Micro Irrigation Systems. ASCE Journal Irrig. Drain. Engr 134(3):292-297.
  • Clemmens, A.J., R.G. Allen, and C.M. Burt. 2008. Technical Concepts Related to Conservation of Irrigation and Rain Water in Agricultural Systems. Water Resources Research.44,W00E03,doi:10.1029/2007WR006095. Pub. 29 July 2008
  • Perry, C., P. Steduto, R.G. Allen, and C.M. Burt. 2009. Increasing Productivity in Irrigated Agriculture: Agronomic Constraints and Hydrological Realities. Agricultural Water Management. Elsevier B.V. doi:10.1016/j.agwat.2009.05.005
  • Burt, C.M., S.Orvis, and N. Alexander. 2010. Canal Seepage Reduction by Soil Compaction. ASCE, Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering 136(7):479-485 : URL: http://link.aip.org/link/?QIR/136/479 DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)IR.1943-4774.0000205
  • Howes, D.J., C. M. Burt, and B. F. Sanders. 2010. Subcritical Contraction Design for Improved Open Channel Flow Measurement Accuracy With An Upward-Looking ADVM. ASCE, Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering 136(9):617-626.