A recent installment of the Avocado Growers’ Seminar Series in San Luis Obispo coined some conversation about tools that help growers manage water. “We had some really great information and conversation about measuring soil moisture with different sensors and predicting what the potential crop water requirement was through weather stations that calculate evapotranspiration,” Cooperative Extension San Luis Obispo County Director Mary Bianchi says. “We also talked about some really innovative tools that look at the way the plant itself is responding to water status, recognizing that woody perennial plants have a diurnal pattern of shrink and swell depending on that water status.”
Bianchi was part of that conversation and says the consensus was very clear. “Use everything you got,” Bianchi added.