This project addresses current management issues in deciduous tree crops, to optimize resource use. We strive to provide:
- Management recommendations for tree crops which are site-specific, time-specific and adaptive to local conditions.
- Fertilization and irrigation programs which account for variation in space and time.
- Guidelines for nitrogen and water management for the ongoing refinement of 'Best Management Practices.'
Specific project goals are to: 1) Quantify and manage spatial and temporal variability of production parameters in orchards and
Develop tools to allow site and year specific nutrient and water
management. To address these goals, three integrated
activities are being undertaken:
This a a multipdisplinary research
progect that includes Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of
California, New Mexico State University department of Environmental and Plant
Science, and Texas A & M University.
The main focus of the research is on Almonds
orchards in California and Pecan Orchards in New
Mexico and Texas. The remote sensing
evapotranspiration tool being developed in New
Mexico is applicable over all states.
Tennessee State University has joined the
research group to conduct remote sensing related