Irrigation and Fertilization Management of Almonds
|Fertigation of almond orchards is critical for good crops|
|Shahar Tavor, agronomis, Gat Fertilizer's|
|February 4, 2018|
Fertigation (irrigation and fertilization) of almond orchards is critical for good crops. The almond is a perennial deciduous tree grown and grafted on peach stock GF 677, and has a commercial life span of several decades.
The trees gradually start bearing fruit from the third year onwards and the fertigation varies according to the trees' age and season.
In young orchards where the trees do not yet bear fruit the recommended fertilization is between 100 and 150 Kg/hectare of Nitrogen, and one third of that quantity of phosphorus oxide, respectively, as for example in Tuv Solutions fertilizer, 21-7-0; fertigation should commence from March/April until October to ensure the development of the maximum foliage.
In April when the soil temperature increases above 18°C the addition of iron chelate fertilizer – Ferrogat in a quantity the equivalent of 10 Kg/hectare of solid iron chelate is recommended.
In those orchards irrigated with recycled water the levels of minerals in the water should be monitored monthly and the fertigation reduced accordingly.
Monitoring irrigation (Tensiometers):
Our agronomists and field staff are ready and qualified to analyze the orchard test results and recommend a suitable fertilization plan as well as install on site irrigation monitoring systems and provide instructions for the farmer for an optimal fertigation season.
Shahar Tavor, agronomis, Shahar@deshengat.co.il +972-54-4361149