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.
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.