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Almond Irrigation Improvement Continuum: A roadmap for California almond farmers to improve water efficiency
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By Terry Prichard and Larry Schwank. Both retired University of California extension specialists, they have utilized their decades of experience in California tree crop water and irrigation management in developing the Almond Board of California’s Almond Irrigation Improvement Continuum. imited water supplies — with or without the California drought — are a reality for  permanent  California  specialty crops, such as treenuts, wine, table grapes and fruit trees. Since 1982, the California Almond industry has been investing in irrigation improvement research through the Almond Board of California (ABC). Acknowledging the State’s limited water resources and propensity for drought, the industry has funded 182 projects to date. Research projects are wide-ranging, including field-testing innovative technology and supporting the development of localized crop water demand models, but they have one goal in mind: to continue to help almond farmers be leaders in irrigation efficiency. As a result, almond farmers have reduced the amount of water needed to grow a pound of almonds by 33 percent over the past twenty years. (1) 1 University of California. UC Drought Management. Feb. 2010. Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN. FAO Irrigation and Drainage Paper 66 – Crop yield in response to water. 2012. Almond Board of California.

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About the Almond Board of California

Almonds from California are a healthy, natural, wholesome and quality food. The Almond Board of California promotes almonds with a research-based approach to responsible farming, production and marketing on behalf of the more than 7,600 almond growers and processors in California, many of whom have third- and fourth-generation family operations. Established in 1950 and based in Modesto, California, the Almond Board of California is a non-profit organization that administers a grower-enacted Federal Marketing Order under the supervision of the United States Department of Agriculture. For more information on the Almond Board of California or almonds, visit or check out California Almonds on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the California Almonds blog.