Growers may be at different stages of irrigation efficiency for a variety of reasons, including orchard age and access to new technology. The Continuum provides information at three management levels — 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 — encouraging growers to ladder up their efficiency over time. Each level covers the following concepts and how to execute and integrate them:
- Measuring irrigation system performance and efficiency
Estimating orchard water requirements based on evapotranspiration
Determining the water applied
Evaluating soil moisture
Evaluating plant water status
Continuum Level 1.0 (fundamental management) outlines irrigation management practices that are within reach for all California almond growers. The Continuum Level 2.0 (intermediate management) and Level 3.0 (advanced management) address practices at more advanced levels to attain even more “crop per drop.”
The Irrigation Continuum was developed in partnership with many trusted and respected technical experts and resources such as the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources Cooperative Extension. Please email Tom Devol, at the Almond Board for an in-the-orchard visit or phone consultation. Field Outreach staff also provides system-specific recommendations on an orchard-by-orchard basis to increase growers’ "crop per drop."