Through the CASP online portal, AlmondStewardship.org, growers and processors can complete a self-assessment and learn about alternative and best management practices.
CASP is designed to document your management practices while providing an opportunity to verify that your activities are up-to-date, practical, efficient and sustainable.
These tools are designed to streamline both crop input decision-making and regulatory reporting requirements.
A research-based predictive model, this tool advises how much and when to apply fertilizer nitrogen to meet yield-based demand. All you have to do is enter yield estimates (starting with a pre-bloom and ideally returning to enter a post-bloom yield estimate that will further refine the demand during the growing season), early-season tissues sampling results, and other factors necessary to account for nitrogen credits from other sources like groundwater and cover crops. With that, you'll learn your crop's nitrogen demand for the growing season as well as generate the Irrigation & Nitrogen Management Plan report required by the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP).
Draw boundaries of your fields and provide APN numbers to create the map report as required by Part D of the ILRP farm evaluation plan.
Generate irrigation run time schedules that advise the amount and timing of irrigations based on local evapotranspiration and information about your individual orchard and irrigation system. Linked to your nearest CIMIS station, this tool automatically integrates current weather information, allowing you to better calculate your orchard's irrigation needs.
CASP is designed to document your production practices while providing an opportunity to verify that your techniques are up-to-date, practical, efficient and sustainable. Taking the time to complete self-assessments also allows almond growers to tell their story - that is what you actually do to grow almonds efficiently and responsibly.
As your growing practices evolve, come back and update your answers to document changes in your practices. You can also run a report comparing your responses to the collective responses of other growers.