Date

6-2014

Degree Name

BS in Agricultural Systems Management

Department

BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department

Advisor(s)

Franklin P. Gaudi

Abstract

This project encompasses the design and recommendations for a micro-irrigation system on an avocado orchard owned by Underwood Family Farms in Somis, California. The main objective of this report is to improve the existing irrigation system’s efficiency and uniformity with the new design and recommendations. The analysis includes information about good irrigation practices, irrigation system design and all the processes herein. Although there are many opinions on growing, irrigating and maintaining an avocado orchard, all of the methods, procedures and suggestions must be based on accurate data to provide reliable information to the grower. Evaluating the irrigation system and suggesting improvements will require proper steps and full understanding of irrigation systems, avocados, and soil and water requirements. This report will provide essential information for successfully growing avocados in Ventura County, as well as detailed advice for micro-irrigation systems on avocados.

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