Spencer Cooper, Almond Board of California’s senior manager of irrigation and water efficiency, said his first year on the job has been interesting- and encouraging. California almond growers, he said, have been eager to improve their “crop per drop” irrigation efficiency, and multiple workshops held throughout almond growing regions have been well attended. Coming into the job near the end of an historic drought did change his game plan at first, Cooper said. “This winter growers were dealing with saturated soils, water logged trees, a very different situation from the last two years. They were looking for answers in March and April about how long to wait before they started irrigating.” Cooper’s position was created by the Almond Board to meet the goals for the Accelerated Innovation Management program which was adopted by the board of directors to promote farming practices that will meet future needs of the almond industry as well as consumers and communities.
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