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Donny Hicks

D&O Orchard, Hughson, CA

Donny owns and operates an almond operation in D&O Orchard, Hughson, CA, that has been experimenting the benefits of subsurface drip irrigation. Before installing DropControl, Donny was carefully monitoring his mainline pipe, and manually starting his pump in order to keep the mainline at the necessary level. DropControl was installed in order to allow Donny to start his pump remotely once every hour for 24-hours per irrigation set, keeping his mainline full.

  • Almond

  • 2,200 lb per acre yield

  • DropControl

    Project Details:

    • 8th Leaf Independence Almond trees
    • Subsurface irrigation
    • Manual mainline fill
    • Pump share with 2 neighboring farms
    • Installed in Summer 2021

    Project Goals:

    • 8th Leaf Independence Almond trees
    • Labor savings
    • Pump energy reduction
    • Water usage savings
    • Monitor pump usage

    Results:

    • Total 8 in. water applied during first season using DropControl
    • 2,200 lb per acre yield
    • Significant pump energy use savings
    We are much more efficient with this system and the ease of it...not only water savings, but energy savings as well.

    Donny Hicks

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