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 and 2022 irrigation management was quite tough because what problems we ended with the previous year lingered in our rootzone. In 2022 we faced both dry and salty soil conditions […]

January Almond Assessment

By Travis Goldman, CCA, CAIS The 2022/2023 winter has been a significant change of pace for all of us in California. Just last year I was writing rehydration irrigation recommendations and schedules for the month of January to combat dry soil profiles to prevent stress before vascular rehydration. This January I am faced with a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mid-Season Tactics for Soil Rehydration in Mature Almonds

In years when heat waves occur in Early May and June, it is important to ensure that the soil profile maintains adequate moisture for your orchard to utilize. This can be dramatically different for every orchard depending on field characteristics. However, for most growers this means being able to percolate water at least 12” to […]