Pine Tree Ranch Grower Field Day to Cover Crop Estimating, Winter Prep and Energy Efficiency Programs
The final installment of the California Avocado Commission’s 2016-17 grower field days will feature presentations on crop estimating, reading avocado trees and energy efficiency programs for irrigation pumps. The Field Day will take place on Wednesday September 27, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the Pine Tree Ranch Demonstration Grove located at 19455 E Telegraph Rd., Santa Paula, CA 93060.
Field reps from several handlers will walk growers through their process of crop estimating to help growers better predict their grove’s yield for next year.
Mike Mobley, Progressive Land Management, will discuss with growers how to read their trees going into winter—touching on things such as tree nutrition, grove maintenance tasks, pest and disease management and other issues to address at this time of year.
Olivier Jerphagnon and Laura Crawford from PowWow Energy will talk to growers about improving yield while reducing energy and water inputs. PowWow’s Pump Monitor™ is a compliance software to track water supplies and field Evapotranspiration (ET) demand without having to deploy new hardware devices. It leverages existing smart meters and weather stations across California. A pilot program sponsored by Southern California Edison is running in 2017 and 2018, and a demonstration will be presented to growers who are interested in joining the energy efficiency program and collecting daily private water records.