Category: Drip Irrigation News

Webinar: The Agriculture Irrigation Industry Responds to the California drought

In a webinar series produced by the University of California, Davis, Toro’s Inge Bisconer addressed some agriculture irrigation responses to the ongoing drought plaguing much of the western United States.

The current drought has forced water usage into the spotlight. This is particularly true for California’s agriculture industry. In the webinar “The Agriculture Irrigation Industry Responds to the California drought,” Inge discusses the many water and cost saving benefits that many growers have enjoyed by using drip irrigation over other irrigation methods.

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Webinar: The role of Uniformity in Irrigation Water Efficiency

Irrigation water efficiency is a priority for producers in the United States and is impacted by field uniformity. Uniformity issues may result in over irrigation, however, new technology and science can bring potential solutions.

This Monday, July 25, Western Growers Association will host a Lunch & Learn webinar that will highlight findings of a recent study conducted in key produce regions in California and provide participants with some practical ideas to address differences in uniformity and efficiency.

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NEW: Toro’s Neptune Flat Emitter Dripline Now Available in 6 Mil

Toro is pleased to announce the release of Neptune Flat Emitter Dripline in 6-mil wall thickness for both 5/8″ and 7/8″ internal diameters. The addition of the 6-mil option to our Neptune product line expands on our existing 8-, 10-, 13-, 15-, 18-and 24-mil wall thickness offering. All available wall thicknesses are offered in an 8-inch emitter spacing as well, for applications that require tighter spacing.

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Drip Irrigation Systems Study shows Dramatic Improvements to Water Efficiency

Water use efficiency has long been a priority for produce growers in the United States, but with diminishing water resources there has been a renewed urgency to improve efficiency in irrigation systems.

Western Growers, in concert with JR Simplot Water Services and The Toro Company, recently concluded a study to evaluate distribution uniformity in drip irrigation systems in key produce regions in California, including both the Oxnard Plain and the Coachella Valley. This study was done in cooperation with Western Growers members who were interested in water efficiency and will be published soon to provide useful information to those operating drip systems.

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Drip Irrigation Rodent Control

Newer irrigation systems like drip and subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) have been used by cutting-edge alfalfa growers for quite some time.

Even with the proven benefits, many growers struggle with the idea of moving away from traditional irrigation practices to something unfamiliar. How much will the conversion cost? What kind of return can I expect? Will this affect the number of cuttings each year? And perhaps one of the biggest questions: How do I control rodents?

Rodents cause yield loss and crop damage if not managed

Rodents are a concern for all alfalfa growers, regardless of what irrigation method is used. Pests like mice, voles and gophers cause yield loss and crop damage when not properly managed.

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Learn Drip Irrigation Strategies at June 3 Workshop

Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis, N.H., is the site of a June 3 workshop on drip irrigation strategies and options vegetable and fruit growers should be considering for the growing season.

We will be presenting a hands-on demonstration on setting up a drip irrigation system, starting from the pond to the field, describing the various components of the drip irrigation system.

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Western Water Rights and Policy this Week on The Water Zone

This Thursday, May 5th, at 6p.m. PST on The Water Zone Radio Show, tune in for an extra special agriculture episode hosted by Inge Bisconer and Paul McFadden.  They’ll talk to two of the foremost experts on Western water issues, including water policy and water rights. Listen online: Via TuneIn Radio App | kcaaradio.com Listen on-air: NBC News Radio KCAA 1050 AM | KCAA 106.5 FM The ongoing drought plaguing the Western United States has brought to light how we use water in our lives, industry, agriculture and environment.  The social and political issues surrounding water use are many—and extremely nuanced. On this week’s episode of The Water Zone Radio Show, we’ll talk to Rita Sudman, former Executive Director of the Water Education Foundation, and co-author of Water: More or Less.  In her book, she and co-author Stephanie Taylor paint a stunning and thought-provoking picture of contemporary water issues, the

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8 Questions when Installing a Subsurface Drip Irrigation System

Throughout the past few years, drip and subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) have emerged as new opportunities for alfalfa growers looking to conserve water and other resources.

The idea of greater water use efficiency (WUE) and resource use efficiency (RUE) is enticing growers who are on the fence about converting fields, while the expectation of achieving greater yields, a proven benefit of a drip and subsurface drip irrigation system, is pushing them over.

A good engineer will ask the proper questions to ensure the best system is recommended and installed for each unique operation, but it’s equally important growers ask questions about the system as it relates to the current field and future operation plans.

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