Irrigation Efficiency Evaluation Resources

315 East Lindmore Avenue, Post Office Box 908  Lindsay, California 93247-0908


Evaluating the irrigation management your farming operation is key to increasing and sustaining groundwater levels within the EKGSA boundary and the Kaweah Subbasin. Irrigation efficiency is all about applying the right amount of water at the right time. Good irrigation management will also increase your fertilizer uptake efficiency.
















Key factors for water conservation and improving irrigation efficiency include:


  •      Consistent and timely field data collection
  •      Soil moisture monitoring and other remote sensing
  •      Pump efficiency evaluations
  •      Water quality evaluations
  •      Irrigation scheduling
  •      Regular inspection of your irrigation system (pressure, flow rate, filtrate system, leaks, etc.)
  •      Minimize/eliminate runoff or tailwater
  •      Recycle runoff water


The resources below can guide you as a grower in reaching optimal irrigation efficiency. In addition to these resources, a number of apps are available for smart phones by searching “irrigation scheduling” in your app store.


USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS): Irrigation – http://go.usa.gov/Kow
 
•      Irrigation Handbooks and Manuals –  https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detailfull/national/water/manage/irrigation/?cid=stelprdb1045075


California Institute for Water Resources – http://ciwr.ucanr.edu/
  •      Drought and Water Management Tip Sheets –
http://ciwr.ucanr.edu/california_drought_expertise/droughttips/
  •      CropManage: Online Irrigation Scheduling –
https://cropmanage.ucanr.edu/
  •      ENVIRO-GRO: Simulation of the Growth of Agricultural Crops –
http://ciwr.ucanr.edu/Tools/ENVIRO-GRO/


University of California Cooperative Extension

  •      Understanding Irrigation Efficiency with Different Systems: How It’s Defined, Why it’s Important -
https://ucanr.edu/sites/Irrigation_and_Soils_/files/242449.pdf


Fresno State’s Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT) –
https://www.fresnostate.edu/jcast/cit/
  •      Wateright: Educational Resource for Irrigation Water Management –
http://www.wateright.net/
  •      Wateright: Frequently Asked Questions –
http://www.wateright.net/FAQs#anchor145148


Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo’s Irrigation Training & Research Center –
www.itrc.org
  •      Irrigation Evaluation Data Resources –
http://www.itrc.org/irrevaldata/index.php
  •      Irrigation System Evaluation Program –
http://www.itrc.org/projects/evals.htm
  •      California Evapotranspiration Data –
http://www.itrc.org/etdata/index.html


Southern California Edison Energy Education Center
  •      Energy Solutions: A Guide For Agriculture –
https://www.sce.com/business/ems/agriculture
  •      Pump Efficiency White Paper -
https://www.sce.com/sites/default/files/inlinefiles/
25777_Arg_Pump_v8_WCAG.pdf

  •      Motors and Compressors White Paper -
https://www.sce.com/sites/default/files/inlinefiles/
25881_Arg_Pump_v13_WCAG_2.pdf


Other Resources
  •      Principles of Efficient Agriculture Irrigation -
https://www.irrigation.org/IA/FileUploads/IA/Advocacy/Principles_of_Efficient_Agriculture
_Irrigation_7-17.pdf


Recursos de Evaluación de la Eficiencia del Riego



La evaluación de la administración del riego de su operación agrícola es clave para aumentar y mantener los niveles de agua subterránea dentro del límite de EKGSA y la Subcuenca de Kaweah. La eficiencia del riego se trata de aplicar la cantidad correcta de agua en el momento adecuado. Una buena administración del riego también aumentará la eficiencia de la absorción de fertilizantes.


Los factores clave para la conservación del agua y la mejora de la eficiencia del riego incluyen:


  •     
Recopilación sistemática y oportuna de datos sobre el terreno
  •      Monitoreo de la humedad del suelo (tierra) y otros tipos de sensores
  •      Evaluaciones de la eficiencia de la bomba
  •      Evaluaciones de la calidad del agua
  •      Programación de riego
  •      Inspección periódica de su sistema de riego (presión, flujo de agua, sistema de filtrado, fugas, etc.)
  •      Minimizar/eliminar el agua que corre fuera o la escorrentía
  •      Reciclar el agua que corre fuera


Los recursos a continuación pueden guiarlo como productor para alcanzar una eficiencia de riego óptima. Además de estos recursos, una serie de aplicaciones están disponibles para los teléfonos inteligentes mediante la búsqueda de "programación de riego" en su tienda de aplicaciones.


USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Irrigation:
(Servicio de Conservación de Recursos Naturales (NRCS) del USDA: Irrigación) –
http://go.usa.gov/Kow
  •      Irrigation Handbooks and Manuals –
https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detailfull/national/water/manage/irrigation/?cid=stelprdb1045075


California Institute for Water Resources (Instituto de Recursos Hídricos de California) –
http://ciwr.ucanr.edu/
  •      Drought and Water Management Tip Sheets –
http://ciwr.ucanr.edu/california_drought_expertise/droughttips/
  •      CropManage: Online Irrigation Scheduling –
https://cropmanage.ucanr.edu/
  •      ENVIRO-GRO: Simulation of the Growth of Agricultural Crops –
http://ciwr.ucanr.edu/Tools/ENVIRO-GRO/


University of California Cooperative Extension (Extensión Cooperativa de la Universidad de California)
  •      Understanding Irrigation Efficiency with Different Systems: How It’s Defined, Why it’s Important -
https://ucanr.edu/sites/Irrigation_and_Soils_/files/242449.pdf


Fresno State’s Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT) (Centro de Tecnología de Riego (CIT) de la Universidad de Fresno) – https://www.fresnostate.edu/jcast/cit/
  •      Wateright: Educational Resource for Irrigation Water Management –
http://www.wateright.net/
  •      Wateright: Frequently Asked Questions –
http://www.wateright.net/FAQs#anchor145148


Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo’s Irrigation Training & Research Center (Cal Poly, Centro de Capacitación e Investigación de Riego de San Luis Obispo) –
www.itrc.org
  •      Irrigation Evaluation Data Resources –
http://www.itrc.org/irrevaldata/index.php
  •      Irrigation System Evaluation Program –
http://www.itrc.org/projects/evals.htm
  •      California Evapotranspiration Data –
http://www.itrc.org/etdata/index.html


Southern California Edison Energy Education Center (Centro de Educación Energética Edison del Sur de California)
  •      Energy Solutions: A Guide For Agriculture –
https://www.sce.com/business/ems/agriculture
  •      Pump Efficiency White Paper -
https://www.sce.com/sites/default/files/inline-files/25777_Arg_Pump_v8_WCAG.pdf
  •      Motors and Compressors White Paper -
https://www.sce.com/sites/default/files/inline-files/25881_Arg_Pump_v13_WCAG_2.pdf


Other Resources (Otros recursos)
  •      Principles of Efficient Agriculture Irrigation -
https://www.irrigation.org/IA/FileUploads/IA/Advocacy/Principles_of_Efficient_Agriculture_Irrigation_7-17.pdf