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Smart Irrigation Scheduling

Wise use of irrigation water is a top priority for California growers, and many different practices and technologies can help improve on-farm water-use efficiency. Therefore, increasing the amount and quality of information available to growers is an essential first step in efficient irrigation.

With smart irrigation scheduling, growers are able to use their water more efficiently, either by reducing or by keeping constant the amount of applied water, while maintaining or improving yields. The Smart Irrigation Scheduling: Tom Rogers’ Almond Ranch case study, part of the California Farm Water Success Stories series, analyzes the costs and benefits of smart irrigation scheduling. Tom Rogers found significant water savings and increased yields associated with irrigation scheduling on his ranch.

Download the case study.
Download the Pacific Institute press release.

VIDEO

Tom Rogers, Almond Grower, Madera County

Tom Rogers talks about monitoring soil moisture levels to better manage water on his almond farm.

In addition to these success stories, the Pacific Institute and other members of the California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply have launched an Interactive Database and Map which contains more than 30 case studies, including the Pacific Institute’s success stories, and is searchable by location, production type, irrigation method, and stewardship practice.

Read the California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply press release.

MORE SUCCESS STORIES:

- Sustainable Water Management for Urban Agriculture
- Integrated Regional Water Management: Kings Basin
- Volumetric Pricing and Conjunctive Use
- Vegetated Waterways and Riparian Restoration
- Industry-Driven Standards for Water Efficiency
- Managing for Multiple Benefits
- Smart Irrigation Scheduling
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Groundwater Banking
- Improved Communication, Monitoring, and Measurement
- Recycled Water and Agriculture
- State and Federal Funding Accelerates Efficiency

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DOWNLOAD OTHER SUCCESS STORIES

Sustainable Water Management for Urban Agriculture

Groundwater Management in Pajaro Valley

Integrated Regional Water Management: Kings Basin

Vegetated Waterways and Riparian Restoration

Industry-Driven Standards for Water Efficiency

Volumetric Pricing and Conjunctive Use

Managing for Multiple Benefits

Groundwater Banking

Improved Communication, Monitoring, and Measurement

Recycled Water and Agriculture

State and Federal Funding Accelerates Efficiency

Pacific Institute Press Release
(PDF)

California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply Press Release (PDF)

OTHER VIDEOS

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Karen Ross - California Secretary of Agriculture


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John Stephens - Oakdale Farms

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Dan Balbas - Rieter Farms Grower


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David Orth - Kings River Conservation District


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