Using Soil Moisture Sensors for Vineyard Irrigation Management: A Practical Guide for Installing and Interpreting Information from Soil Moisture Monitoring Technologies in Vineyards – Part I

October 27th, 2014
Using Soil Moisture Sensors for Vineyard Irrigation Management: A Practical Guide for Installing and Interpreting Information from Soil Moisture Monitoring Technologies in Vineyards – Part I

Grape growers are encouraged to use a combination of soil, plant, and weather data when determining the length and frequency of irrigation events in vineyards. The most common questions growers want to answer with regard to vineyard irrigation are: How often should the vineyard be watered? How much water should be applied per irrigation? Estimation of daily evapotranspiration can tell a grower roughly how much water is removed from the…

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Farm Labor in California’s Specialty Crops

October 20th, 2014
Farm Labor in California’s Specialty Crops

The Census of Agriculture (COA), which provides the most complete profile of the nation’s farming sector, highlights the importance of fruits and nuts, vegetables and melons, and horticultural specialty (FVH) crops in California. The farm value of U.S. FVH commodities in 2012 was $57 billion or 27% of U.S. crop sales, while California sales of FVH commodities of $26 billion were 87% of California crop sales. The importance of FVH…

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Introducing Dan Ostrowski

October 13th, 2014
Introducing Dan Ostrowski

Dan Ostrowski, of Wilbur Ellis, represented Lodi while attending an intensive and hands-on five-day spray application workshop where he learned about cutting edge pesticide spray technologies and practices. The workshop is part of a 2-year program funded by Western Sustainable Agriculture and Research that aims to establish a national network of personnel trained to deliver research-based information on the  fundamentals of safe, effective pesticide application. The workshop, which was held…

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Allocation-Based Water Pricing Promotes Conservation While Keeping User Costs Low

October 6th, 2014

The common approach for pricing water and other goods and services in a market economy is uniform pricing: each unit is priced the same regardless of the amount consumed and the characteristics of the consumer. Block (or tiered) rate pricing is where the cost per unit varies with the amount consumed. Increasing (decreasing) block rates refer to the case when the first units are priced relatively low (high) and subsequent…

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Event Calendar
  1. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

    September 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  2. CD11 LODI PCA NETWORK BREAKFAST

    October 3 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am