Efficiency is key to ensure all post-harvest irrigation tactics are complete before the end of the season. When reviewing your post-harvest nutrition budget with your agronomist or pest control advisor (PCA), talk with them about an irrigation evaluation if not done previously. This test helps identify easy fixes that you can do now to improve the 2018 season.
All irrigation water contains dissolved mineral salts, confirmed by a lab analysis of water samples. If you think the water quality has changed since the last sample, conduct an updated sample before leaching. As you review the water and soil lab results with your PCA or agronomist, determine if dormant leaching is necessary.
For more information on managing salinity based upon soil type, refer to the Salinity Management link on UC Cooperative Extension’s Almond Doctor website, www.TheAlmondDoctor.com.
The Almond Board of California is committed to providing almond growers with water efficient irrigation management and scheduling tools. I’m available for irrigation resources and insights specific to your farm. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 604-3727.
Beyond the orchard, I look forward to seeing you at The Almond Conference Dec. 5 – 7 at the Sacramento Convention Center. I invite you to attend my seminar “Tools for Better Irrigation” on Dec.6. I hope to see you there!