Water Use Efficiency: Cutting Out the Excess

By Travis Goldman Hortau’s polymer tensiometers have redefined how fields can be managed year-round with real time data. The power of knowing when a field needs water and when water can be turned off enhances the efficiency of an operation. Having precision irrigation data directly cuts out excess pumping. There are a lot of promises […]

Using Soil Tension Data to Track Early Root Water Uptake

By Travis Goldman In the almond industry everyone is excited for bloom but to an irrigation advisor our excitement starts with root flush and early bud swell. As early as January 10th bud swell was being seen in Shasta and Nonpareil varieties on the western side of the San Joaquin Valley. Since then other varieties […]

Post-Harvest Irrigation in Wine Grapes

By Travis Goldman  Post-Harvest irrigation management in wine grapes is just as important as any other permanent crop. Despite the fact the vine is no longer supporting grapes, we still have to maintain proper water availability to the vine to support vine function. By reducing stress our vines, we will allow the crop to continue […]

SWEEP GRANT- Improve Your Water Use Efficiency

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) just announced $40 million in funding to help California farmers increase their water use efficiency during this drought. The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) provides financial assistance in the form of grants (Up to $200,000 per farming entity) to implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases […]

What are anaerobic conditions and how do they affect your crop?

Farmers, as well as nature, can create hypoxic soils. In extremely wet years, there is very little growers can do to avoid losses resulting from saturated soil conditions. During winter months, cooler temperatures can help to reduce the effects of saturated conditions because both soil microbial activity and plant growth is limited. On the other […]

Post-Harvest Irrigation

Post-Harvest Irrigation It is finally here: Harvest season! It is time to collect the product of your hard work. After many months of constant work, stress and having to deal with unexpected events, vacation and family time often becomes the next priorities for many growers. As though, these are as important, if not more, there […]