Soil Variability in Nut Crop Orchards
“There could be differences in distribution uniformity in the irrigation system. It could be another, source of variability such as a soil with different textures, different levels of sand versus clays and things like that, you'll have differences on water-holding capacity and different nutrient holding capacity,” said Culumber. “So, when you have the orchard trees growing there, you might have some trees that are maybe a bit more deficient or maybe that the soil moisture draws down a bit faster than other than other areas,” she said.
Culumber said there's an interest in retrofitting irrigation systems to accommodate for that. “What we're mainly looking at with this study is just trying to characterize that variability,” noted Culumber.
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