Irrigation en Wuertz honored as subsurface drip irrigation pioneer <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Howard Wuertz, a central Arizona crop farmer at the family&rsquo;s Sundance Farms operation at Coolidge and considered by many as the father of subsurface irrigation, has received Netafim USA&rsquo;s 2016 Award of Advancement in Microirrigation.</p> <p>Wuertz&rsquo;s selection is based on his pioneering efforts and contributions to the adaptation of subsurface drip irrigation (SDI).</p> <p>&ldquo;It is a great honor to be recognized by Netafim and industry peers for the steps we have made at Sundance Farms to achieve greater efficiency and productivity,&rdquo; Wuertz says.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Irrigation Fri, 22 Jul 2016 22:22:00 +0000 168731 at <p>Howard Wuertz, center, Sundance Farms, Coolidge, Ariz.,&nbsp;has received Netafim USA&#39;s 2016&nbsp;Award of Advancement in&nbsp;Microirrigation&nbsp;in recognition of his pioneer advances in subsurface drip irrigation. Wuertz is flanked by his sons Greg (left) and David. Farm Press 2009 photo.</p> The bigger picture if three times more Central Valley groundwater exists <div class="node-body blog-body">Stanford study suggests California might have several times more groundwater than previously thought</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Irrigation Farm Press Blog Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:07:00 +0000 168211 at Ways to improve efficiency in flood irrigation systems <div class="field-byline"> Dennis Pollock, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Surface irrigation sometimes gets a bad rap, and a representative of a pioneering Australian-based company out to automate gravity fed systems pointed this out at a rare presentation on improving efficiency of various forms of flood irrigation.</p> <p>&ldquo;The irrigation industry in general, with the exception of the people in this room, if you tell them you want to maximize efficiency with drip irrigation, they&rsquo;ll put you on their shoulders and throw money at you,&rdquo; said Alan Jackson, area manager for Rubicon Water.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Irrigation Alfalfa Almonds Cotton Grapes Pecans Pistachios Stone Fruit Vegetables Walnuts Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:48:00 +0000 168041 at <p><strong>UCCE speakers Dan Munk, left, irrigation specialist in Fresno County, and Daniele Zaccaria, agricultural water management specialist, at a surface irrigation workshop at the Kearney Ag Center in Parlier, Calif.</strong></p> Will California ever have its water needs met? <div class="node-body article-body">Drought and California's need for sustainable water are nothing more than a political ping pong ball to be hit back and forth by politicians and environmental groups. Decades after the State Water Project was started the state's population has quadrupled without adding any appreciable storage for a growing state.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Irrigation Drought Thu, 02 Jun 2016 18:51:00 +0000 167731 at <p>Shasta Lake in northern California is effectively full, though there is space for about 300,000 additional acre feet of storage if water managers elect to allow the lake to fill to the top of the spillway gates. In spite of this, some California farmers who in years past would have seen ample water from here to irrigate crops will get very little of it because of regulations that choke deliveries to growers.</p> Fresno State awarded $5M for water, energy innovation <div class="field-deck"> California Energy Commission provides funding as part of larger statewide plan </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Fresno State will use a $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission to provide key services, infrastructure and resources for energy entrepreneurs with the goal of successfully deploying and commercializing technologies and innovations in water and energy.</p> <p>The entrepreneurs will be offered a variety of services, including technology evaluation, proof-of-concept validation, advisory support, training, education and incubator services, as well as opportunities to connect with investors, industry leaders and potential customers.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Irrigation Energy Wed, 01 Jun 2016 16:05:00 +0000 167641 at <p>Water and energy are said to be two of the biggest needs facing Central California as the state energy commission awards Fresno State $5 million to provide key services, infrastructure and resources for entrepreneurs to develop new technologies to address these needs.</p> Could overhead irrigation work in California? <div class="field-deck"> University researchers see encouraging results from studies of system in certain crops </div> <div class="node-body article-body">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. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Irrigation Irrigation Equipment Thu, 26 May 2016 23:10:00 +0000 167591 at <p>University of California Cooperative Extension Specialist Jeff&nbsp;Mitchell is leading a study of overhead irrigation systems to see how the technology will work in various crops grown in in the Golden State. Results are mostly encouraging for many of the crops studied</p> Sensaphone soil sensor aids irrigation efficiency <div class="node-body article-body">Sensaphone soil moisture sensor aids irrigation efficiency</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Irrigation Irrigation Tue, 24 May 2016 23:06:00 +0000 167451 at Federal funds to address agricultural watershed issues <div class="node-body article-body">Farm Bill funds will address agricultural watershed issues</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Irrigation Wed, 18 May 2016 17:42:00 +0000 167351 at <p>Federal funds could help address critical water issues in agricultural watersheds.</p> HydroBio awarded US patent for irrigation technology <div class="node-body article-body"><p>HydroBio, Inc. was recently awarded a U.S. patent for a targeted irrigation management system for estimating crop water use from satellite imagery and weather data.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Irrigation Wed, 18 May 2016 00:28:00 +0000 167271 at A tale of two states and of man-made drought <div class="node-body blog-body">Opinions differ as to the continued existence of drought conditions in California</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Irrigation Drought Farm Press Blog Mon, 02 May 2016 17:08:00 +0000 166821 at