UC Cooperative Extension will host a field day at the USDA-ARS Spence research farm to
show a field trial evaluating water use in drip irrigated celery. This is an opportunity to see firsthand
the effect of water management on celery growth. We will discuss using weather data for
scheduling irrigations using the CropManage online tool, water application monitoring using
flowmeters, soil moisture monitoring using tensiometers, and the feasibility of improving
irrigation scheduling using satellite-based tools. This is a joint project among UC Cooperative
Extension, CSU Monterey Bay, NASA-Ames, and the USDA-ARS. The project is funded
through the USDA-Specialty Crop Grant Program, administered through CDFA. Cooperators
include Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., and Wilbur Ellis.
Location: The trial is located in a field adjacent to Spence Rd. Enter the ranch from the west
side of Old Stage Rd. Turn right at the water reservoir and drive to the end of the road.
For more info. call: Michael Cahn, Irrigation and Water Resources Advisor: 831-759-7377