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 […]

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 […]

Using soil tension to measure key states of soil moisture

Often, in science, when things aren’t fully understood, rules are chosen without real evidence.  They are created to help give a benchmark to make research possible.  These would best be described as “let’s assume” rules.  Research only occurs when variables are controlled, but sometimes variables can’t be controlled or even measured with accuracy.  In these […]

Soil tension’s relationship to soil type & salts

What is soil tension and how is it measured? Soil tension is the amount of force necessary to remove a water molecule from a soil particle to allow for uptake by a plant’s root system. This force is often measured in kilopascals (kpa) or centibars (cbar). For reference, 1 kilopascal = 1 centibar = 0.01 […]

Rehydrating soils after a loss in deep moisture

It is that time of year where the heat turns up and crops begin pumping water out at an ever-increasing rate. Some, too many, decide that watering unto 12-18 inches will suffice for keeping the plant healthy and delivering enough water for maximum plant growth. Others are so possessive of their deep moisture that they […]