Date

6-2012

Degree Name

BS in Agricultural Systems Management

Department

BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department

Advisor(s)

Daniel Howes

Abstract

This project encompasses the Evaluation of a drip irrigation system for a Pistachio orchard in Tulare, Ca. The project parameters were decided on by Borges Farms. After the evaluation suggestions are to be made for improving the system’s efficiency. These suggestions must be approved by the grower and show whether they are cost efficient. The irrigation system cannot be modified to fit the pump chosen.

Research for the project encompasses drip irrigation systems, irrigation pump efficiency, irrigation management, well reclamation techniques and pistachio water requirements. A Distribution Uniformity evaluation was performed to understand how sand has affected the system. I consulted local growers in the area to discover how sand problems have been dealt with in the past. The systems requirements have been calculated and the proper pump and motor for the irrigation system were selected. A cost analysis was then performed to give the grower an understanding of the costs involved and make his decision of how he wants to proceed.

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