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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