Getting the Most Out of Every Drop
California’s almond farmers are committed to the responsible and efficient use of water, a precious and limited resource.
Over 90% of California Almond farms are family farms, many owned and operated by third- or fourth-generation farmers who live on the land and plan to pass it down to their children.1
While almond farmers have made strides in the area of water efficiency, there’s more we can do.
For more than 40 years, the Almond Board of California has invested in the continuous improvement of the California Almond community through scientific research, a commitment totaling $70 million to date. Current water research is fueling responsible practices and sustainable improvements across the orchard in two key areas:
• Water Efficiency: accelerating use of irrigation practices and technology that maximises crop per drop
• Sustainable Water Resources: exploring on-farm groundwater recharge and diversifying California’s water supply
Groundwater is a vital resource in California, held in underground aquifers that are collectively California’s largest water storage system. Groundwater is used to grow food and provide drinking water for Californians.
The Almond Board of California is exploring to what extent almond orchards can be used to replenish aquifers when flooded with excess storm water in the winter.
Preliminary analysis indicates 675,000 acres of California Almond orchards have moderately good or better soil suitability for this practice.2 Ten almond farmers representing 2,200 acres have been recruited to host on-farm recharge research trials.
1. United States Department of Agriculture. 2012 Agricultural Census.
2. Land IQ. Groundwater Recharge Suitability Analysis. November 2015.