US Phone: 1-888-5-HORTAU

Canada Phone: 1-833-6-HORTAU


Effectively Managing Deep Moisture Early in the Season

Effectively Managing Deep Moisture Early in the Season

Irrigation season is underway and now is the time to ensure that soil profiles don’t dry out.  If you wait much longer, you may not be able to replace the deep moisture.

There are a few crucial things to know when trying to manage irrigation effectively:

  • Know what your irrigation system output is. For example, is your system applying 0.5” per 12 hours, or 1” per 12 hours? What is your soil water holding capacity?  Soils can hold anywhere from 1” of water per foot to up over 2” per foot.
  • Another important aspect of managing irrigation is learning the infiltration rate for that soil. You may be able to apply to a large volume of water in a short period of time, but if your soil can’t absorb the water at the rate being applied, runoff can be an issue.

At this point in the season, it is more than possible to catch up and refill your profiles.

If this scenario were to occur in late June and July, it would be very difficult to run the irrigation system enough to refill the profile and maintain the tree needs at the same time.

On Key

Related Posts

Spring Pistachio Assessment

By Derek Toschi, CCA, CAIS With a cooler spring and wet winter, the 2023 California pistachio crop faces different challenges than previous years.  The cooler

March Almond Assessment

By Derek Toschi, CCA, CAIS The wet weather has continued into the 2023 spring in much of California which has presented new challenges we haven’t

January Pistachio Assessment

By Travis Goldman, CCA, CAIS One thing that we have lacked over the past two years is winter rains to help reset our soils. 2021

Contact Us

Thank you