Overhead irrigation systems have revolutionized agriculture across the United States and in other parts of the world, using less water than furrow irrigation and requiring significantly less labor and maintenance than drip systems.
But in California, the No. 1 agriculture state in the nation, it hasn’t gotten off the ground. That could be changing.
California fruit and vegetable leader D’Arrigo Bros. Co., a grower, packer, and shipper, has a new 2.2 megawatt solar power system in Salinas installed by CalCom Solar.
The solar system is the largest customer-owned net-metered solar power project in Monterey County.
“We’ve always put our strong sustainability ethic into practice; harvesting the sun’s power to generate electricity is consistent with our goals,” said John D’Arrigo, president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the D’Arrigo Bros. board.
A new walnut block featuring two research trials has been planted at the Lindcove Research and Extension Center (LREC) at Exeter, Calif., according to Elizabeth Fichtner, local University of California Cooperative Extension farm advisor, Tulare County.
On April 11, 2016, Fichtner established a rootstock observation trial and a study to screen biological and biorational compounds to help protect walnut rootstocks from soilborne pathogens.
The 2015 Certified Organic Survey (COS) is underway and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is reminding California farmers and ranchers that it’s not too late to respond.
In early February, survey questionnaires were mailed nationwide to all known organic farms. In late March, NASS will conduct telephone follow up with producers who have not yet responded.
Some farmers may also be selected for in-person interviews to assist with data collection efforts.