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Black Mission fig production improved by heavier irrigation


David A. Goldhamer
Mario Salinas

Authors Affiliations

D.A. Goldhamer is UC Cooperative Extension Water Management Specialist, Kearney Agricultural Center, Parlier; M. Salinas is Research Associate, Kearney Agricultural Center, Parlier.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 53(6):30-34. DOI:10.3733/ca.v053n06p30. November 1999.

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An analysis of tree-water relations and fruit yield indicates that Black Mission fig production responds favorably to a higher volume of water applied during the summer than is currently used by most of the industry. Larger fruit size was the primary yield component responsible for the improved production and profit. Based on historical reference crop evapotranspiration rates and the crop coefficients determined using data from this study, summer-applied water should be about 36 inches for maximum Black Mission fruit production and grower profit in the Madera area.

Further reading

Goldhamer DA, Snyder RL. Irrigation Scheduling: A Guide for Efficient On-Farm Water Management. UC Division of Ag and Nat Res Publication 21454 1989.

Schwankl L, Hanson B, Prichard T. Micro-Irrigation of Trees and Vines. UC Irrigation Program Water Management Series Publication 94-01 1996.

Goldhamer D, Salinas M. 1999. Black Mission fig production improved by heavier irrigation. Hilgardia 53(6):30-34. DOI:10.3733/ca.v053n06p30
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