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Irrigation & Water Management

UC Irrigation Websites

Tehama County Irrigation Program - Allan Fulton
Allan Fulton's Water/Irrigation Program
Allan Fulton, UCCE Irrigation Farm Advisor, Glenn, Colusa, Shasta & Tehama Co.
The focus of this website is on-farm irrigation technologies, protection of water resources and efforts in irrigated agriculture to maintain surface water quality.

Kern County Irrigation Management - Blake Sanden
Irrigation Management & Agronomy
Blake L. Sanden, UCCE Irrigation & Agronomy Farm Advisor, Kern Co.
Detailed information in water and fertigation management, irrigation scheduling, evapotranspiration rates, guidelines for water and soil evaluation

UC Drought Management - Larry Schwankl
UC Drought Management: Crop Irrigation Strategies
Larry Schwankl, UCCE Irrigation Specialist, Kearney Agricultural Center
Detailed information for the following tree crops under drought conditions: almond, pistachio, stone fruit, walnuts, olives.

Precision Canopy Water Management
Precision Canopy and Water Management
Shrini Upadhyaya leads a multi-state research team
The development of sensor-based tools for precise management of specialty crop production.

UC Fruit Report Irrigation - Kevin Day, Ted DeJong
UC Fruit Report: Irrigation
Kevin Day, UCCE Farm Advisor, Tulare Co., Ted DeJong, Plant Sciences, UC Davis
UC Fruit Report is a website providing information based on UC research in peach, plum and nectarine orchard management. Irrigation topics include water use in peach orchards, deficit irrigation strategies, irrigation scheduling and plum irrigation.

The Pressure Bomb: A Water Management Tool

Pressure Bomb (artist's depiction)
 Understanding & Using the Pressure Bomb
Kenneth Shackel, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis
A step-by-step guide, including detailed use in prune

Using the Pressure Chamber for Irrigation Management in Walnut, Almond & Prune - ANR Publ 8623 (pdf)
UCCE Farm Advisors Allan Fulton, Tehama Co., Joe Grant, San Joaquin Co., Richard Buchner, Tehama Co., and Joe Connell, Butte Co.

Irrigation Scheduling Using Stem Water Potential Measurements
Kenneth Shackel, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis
A interactive model to schedule irrigation in prune, almond, grapevines, and walnut, based on pressure chamber measurements 

UC Irrigation Publications

UC Water Management
UC Extension publications which provide information on topics ranging from measuring water flows and rates in irrigation systems to  management practices which mimimize orchard water runoff.

Storing Runoff from Winter Rain (pdf)
Larry Schwankl, Terry Prichard and Blaine Hanson, UCCE. 2007. (3 pp.) UC ANR Pub. 8211

Understanding Your Orchard's Water Requirements (pdf)
Larry Schwankl, Terry Prichard, Blaine Hanson and Rachel Elkins, UCCE. 2007. (10 pp.) UC ANR Pub. 8212

Measuring Irrigation Flows in a Pipeline (pdf)
Blaine Hanson, Larry Schwankl and Terry Prichard, UCCE.  2007. (4 pp.) UC ANR Pub. 8213

Causes & Management of Runnoff from Surface Irrigation in Orchards (pdf)
Larry Schwankl, Blaine Hanson and Terry Prichard, UCCE.  2007. (3 pp.) UC ANR Pub. 8214

Managing Existing Sprinkler Irrigation Systems (pdf)
Larry Schwankl, Terry Prichard and Blaine Hanson, UCCE. 2007. (4 pp.)  UC ANR Pub. 8215

Soil Intake Rates and Application Rates in Sprinkler-Irrigated Orchards (pdf)
Larry Schwankl, Terry Prichard and Blaine Hanson, UCCE. 2007. (4 pp.) UC ANR Pub. 8216

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