IRRIGATION PUMP EFFICIENCY & more

June 26th, 2017
IRRIGATION PUMP EFFICIENCY & more

Not only are irrigation pump inefficiencies just plain bad for the environment, they cost the grower money!  No bueno!  Each percent of pressure wasted is equal to the additional costs paid in energy. If you waste 30%, you pay an extra 30%. Irrigation Efficiency evaluations can locate problems with your system well before you would find them out the hard way. These evaluations may also reveal some practices that could…

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IRRIGATION DISTRIBUTION UNIFORMITY

June 21st, 2017
IRRIGATION DISTRIBUTION UNIFORMITY

Did you know that yields within a single grapevine row can vary up to 5x? One factor in this yield variation is irrigation. Poor Irrigation System Distribution Uniformity (DU) has been shown to negatively impact crop yields in numerous studies conducted over the past several decades.  By managing DU and utilizing other tools for identifying uneven application of water across a field, these yield losses can be reversed.  Performing DU…

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USDA NRCS EQIP Funding

June 12th, 2017
USDA NRCS EQIP Funding

The USDA‘s NRCS  Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to plan and implement conservation practices that improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related natural resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland. EQIP may also help producers meet Federal, State, Tribal, and local environmental regulations. Since 2009, USDA NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) has helped California’s farmers…

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TO HEDGE OR NOT TO HEDGE?

June 6th, 2017
TO HEDGE OR NOT TO HEDGE?

Hedging is a summer pruning method involving the removal the distal or apical ends of shoots.  In some parts of the world hedging is called topping or tipping.  Like all pruning methods, hedging depresses vine growth vigor and capacity.   It does so by reducing the number of leaves and buds, which contain potential leaves.  Leaves, of course, function similar solar panels, converting solar energy into the chemical energy that drives…

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