Measuring and Monitoring Nitrogen Dynamics

Groundwater pollution due to agricultural practices is a prevalent issue in irrigated areas all over the world.  It is becoming increasingly important in regions of California where contamination is high.  Efforts to control this problem are exemplified in Section 83002.5 of Senate Bill SBX2-1 that defines a mission to “improve understanding of the causes of…

Advancing Mechanized Tree Fruit Picking Technology

In California fruits such as citrus, pears, peaches, plums, and apricots are almost all picked by hand.  The goal of this project was to develop a prototype end-effector for mechanized tree fruit harvesting applications.  With labor costs rising, growers have been turning to mechanized shakers, however, this can cause damage to the trees.  The availability…

Groundwater Ordinance Development Assistance

With the current drought conditions throughout California, it is essential for communities to maintain and regulate groundwater usage. The California Water Institute, through the leadership of project director Sarge Green, assisted in addressing groundwater regulations in Merced County. The objectives of the project were to evaluate and report on groundwater conditions within Merced County then…

Irrigation Seminars at the WAE

Presentation at the World Ag Expo in Tulare – February 11, 2016 The Irrigation Association and the Center for Irrigation Technology are organizing an Irrigation Seminar series for the World Ag Expo in Tulare on Thursday February 11, 2016. We are looking for abstracts from IA members to participate. We ask that the presentation be…