Monthly Archives: July 2018

Using a Pressure Chamber is Worthwhile

Visual cues of crop stress are among the most basic observations that can be used to manage irrigation in orchard crops. However, these cues can be somewhat subjective and are often expressed after plant stress is higher than desired. Measuring midday stem water potential (SWP) using a pressure chamber is a quantitative method for evaluating plant water status. Continue reading

July Leaf Sampling: A Critical Task in Prune Production

As the bulk of your prune fertility program for the season comes to an end, it’s time to get the report card on how you did. Published July critical values established for prune by UC researchers can help guide you in your fertilization practice. Leaf analysis results help keep an orchard between excess and deficiency, which means the most efficient use of your fertilizer dollar. Continue reading