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 […]

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 […]