Almond Leaching Programs Starting Too Late

Taylor Hillman Drought, Soil, Specialty Crops, Tree, nut & vine crops, Water

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Almond growers waiting for rains before starting dormant season leaching programs could be hurting their trees.

Programs Starting Too Late

Less rains during the season means more water with varying quality is being applied to trees. Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor David Doll says leaching programs after the season need to start sooner than normal. Doll says efficient irrigation systems extend the time it takes to complete a leaching program even longer.