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Almond Post-Harvest Irrigation

From hull split through September, almond trees are undergoing flower-bud differentiation for next year’s bloom. Prolonged water stress during this period reduces the bloom density and fruit set the following year, significantly reducing yields. Thus, the post-harvest period is a critical time for almond irrigation. Overview of Almond Flower Bud Differentiation Flower bud differentiation is the process by which the apical meristem in the bud changes its anatomy to form flower buds instead of vegetative buds. The exact timing of differentiation depends on the variety and environmental factors, such as temperature. Additionally, not all buds on the tree begin to...

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Irrigation by Variety in Almond Orchards

As farmers face increasing pressure to use water wisely due to environmental and policy changes in California, the importance of developing site-specific irrigation practices has never been more important. Site Specific Irrigation Site-specific irrigation management can account for heterogeneous soils, variable topography, diverse tree varieties and ages, changing environmental conditions, and more. In almond orchards, which typically have two or three varieties to improve cross-pollination, diverse tree varieties offer a potential application of site-specific irrigation management. My major advisor, Dr. Isaya Kisekka, and I have begun an experiment to investigate the potential...

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Land, Water, Air: What’s Happening in Irrigation Tech

All farmers use technology in their orchards.This includes technology as it applies to—and continues to shape—irrigation. Agriculture has seen some incredible changes since the ancient peoples diverted flood waters into their fields in 6000 B.C., and the shifts in technology allow today’s farmers to know far more about what is happening in the soil, the trees, and with the water. When drip irrigation was invented in 1960, the irrigation and farming industries were transformed. In the 1970s, neutron probes appeared on the market and created yet another step for irrigation and farming. With the need to know more about what...

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Historic Water Management Agreement at Risk Under California’s Senate Bill 1

You’re running a marathon that everyone said you’d never complete. Despite many obstacles, you kept moving forward. And then, just as the finish line is within sight, race officials announce that the results won’t count. California is at this juncture now on water management policy. Following marathon-like negotiations between federal and state policy makers and regulators, local water agencies and other stakeholders, agreement on how to more effectively manage our water is finally within reach. Proposed legislation, Senate Bill 1, by San Diego Senator and Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins, puts that victory at risk. Voluntary Agreements The State Water...

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Grower Finds Automated Irrigation Improves Efficiency

Have a conversation with grower and handler Ron Fisher about his values related to the almond business and you’ll notice a consistent theme: efficiency. The philosophy is one he’s embraced since 1986 when he formed Fisher Nut Company, and Fisher took that same efficiency acumen from his handler business and applied it to the almond growing operation he started in 2000. Fisher, who now farms about 1,000 acres of almonds in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties, said his team strives to work as efficiently as possible. “We want to be stewards of the land and water because environmental issues are...

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