2021 CAPCA Conference

We will be exhibiting next week at the CAPCA Conference in Reno, NV. Come see us at the booth to find out how Hortau can help PCAs and growers to : 1. Keep track of critical data for irrigation, pest pressure, heat and frost 2. Schedule irrigation events 3. Report on water usage 4. Save […]

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 […]

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 […]

Reducing ‘Flame Seedless’ Berry Cracking Through Soil Tension Management

After a long, hot summer one of the most frustrating issues for any California table grape grower is berry cracking at harvest.  Berry cracking can occur in many varieties. However, the ‘Flame Seedless’, the earliest Central Valley variety harvested, is notorious for berry cracking.  There are many different factors that can cause berry cracking such […]

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 […]