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Post-Harvest is Prime Time for Irrigation System Maintenance
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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,

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 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!

About the Almond Board of California

California almonds make life better by what we grow and how we grow. The Almond Board of California promotes natural, wholesome and quality almonds through leadership in strategic market development, innovative research, and accelerated adoption of industry best practices on behalf of the more than 6,800 almond farmers and processors in California, most of whom are multi-generational 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, Pinterest, Instagram and the California Almonds blog.