CDFA SWEEP Grants and Proposals

CDFA SWEEP Grants and Applications

Marketing Irrigation

The SWEEP proposal period is expected to begin in November 2021. The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) provides financial assistance in the form of grants to implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water on California agricultural operations. Eligible system components include (among others) include: Soil moisture monitoring and automation to improve efficiency and reduce water …

Irrigation Innovation: Netafim’s Uniram® XRS Subsurface Drip Line

Irrigation Innovation: Netafim’s Uniram® XRS Subsurface Drip Line

Marketing Irrigation

If you’re considering subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) to maximize your yield potential, you should definitely consider Netafim’s Uniram® XRS Subsurface Drip Line. Since 1989, Cal-West Rain has served growers across California’s Central Valley and recommended innovative products like Uniram® XRS because they provide meaningful value and benefits to growers. Setting the Standard for Permanent Crops An almond or pistachio orchard …

Benefits of water well development

What is Water Well Development?

Marketing Irrigation

With over 50 years experience, we get asked a lot of questions about well development and why it’s a good idea for most new water wells. Proper well design and good well development go hand-in-hand and should result in lower pumping costs, longer pump life, and fewer biological problems such as iron-bacteria and slime build-up.  Conversely, poorly designed and underdeveloped …

Irrigation Glossary - Agriculture

Glossary of Irrigation Terms

Marketing Irrigation

This document is in continuous development and was originally created by the Irrigation Association. You are encouraged to submit definitions along with their source to [email protected] The terms in this glossary are presented in an effort to provide a foundation for common understanding in communications covering irrigation. The following provides additional information: Items located within brackets, [ ], indicate the …

SGMA Resources for Growers and Landowners

SGMA Resources for Growers and Landowners

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The California Farm Bureau Federation has developed various resources for farmers and landowners to help you understand why SGMA is important and how you can be involved. SGMA requires the formation of local agencies to develop new plans, called Groundwater Sustainability Plans or GSPs, to address and prevent problems in groundwater basins in most areas of the state. Signed into …

Subsurface Drip Irrigation Effluent for Dairy Producers SDI-E

Effluent Subsurface Drip Irrigation (SDI-E) for Dairy Producers

Marketing Irrigation

Recent years of drought, heat and new regulations have forced many ag producers to rethink operations. Flood irrigation has been one of the biggest casualties, often being replaced by some form of drip irrigation to conserve water. While the switch decreased the use of water, it created another challenge for many dairies–what to do with effluent previously applied via flood …

Sand Separator Fixes Problematic Water Well

Sand Separator Fixes Problematic Water Well

Marketing Case Studies, Irrigation

Cal-West Rain recently completed a project for an almond ranch southwest of Fresno, CA. The problem started when a critical water well used to supply a large drip irrigation system started producing sand finer than 200 mesh which could not be removed with a downhole separator or well repair. Unfortunately, the fine sand was entering the well through the gravel …

Mazzei Venturi Injectors for Ag Irrigation

How a Mazzei Venturi Injector Works

Marketing Irrigation

Excellent animation of Mazzei Venturi Injectors. Injecting liquid chemicals or fertilizers into a pressurized irrigation system is the most common application for Mazzei injectors in the agriculture market. Mazzei pioneered this simple-to-use and easy to install solution more than 40 years ago. High-efficiency Mazzei injectors deliver precise mixing and uniform distribution of material into the water stream. Learn more at …

California almond grower solves iron bacteria problem

Irrigation Solution for California Almond Grower

Marketing Case Studies, Irrigation

This large pipeline and reservoir project started out as a solution to a problem the ranch had been dealing with for several years. Located outside Fresno, CA, the farming operation includes 2,000+ acres of almonds. The almonds are all drip-irrigated with a total of 10 individual well and filter stations feeding into the irrigation system. Unfortunately, the wells on the …

Irrigation monitoring and controls

Almond Grower Cuts Costs with DropControl

Marketing Automation, Case Studies, Irrigation

As with most growers, there’s a constant drive to find new ways to improve yields and reduce costs. In this case, we’ll feature a recent project with Robert Jones, owner/manager of Jones Farms. Robert grows almonds on his MC Ranch (150.1 acres) and was looking at ways to reduce PG&E bills without adding labor costs in the form of overtime …