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ITRC Paper No. P 11-013.  Stuart W. Styles, Lynn Groundwater, and Curtis Lutje

Strawberries: Effects of Modifying Irrigation Methods for Transplant Establishment

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In 2009, ITRC began a multi-year analysis of the current irrigation practices of strawberry growers on the Central Coast of California. Specifically, the project examines the impacts of salinity on young strawberry transplants and the current practice of sprinkler use during the establishment of transplants for salinity control in areas where drip irrigation is available. The overall goal of the project is to study current practices and determine any conditions where growers can minimize or eliminate sprinkler use on strawberries, thereby conserving water, saving pumping costs, and reducing runoff. Results from the first year of the study have suggested that, contrary to previous belief, using reduced sprinkler or only drip irrigation results in higher yields than conventional methods.


Styles, S.W., L. Groundwater, and C. Lutje. 2011. Strawberries: Effects of Modifying Irrigation Methods for Transplant Establishment. World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2011: pp. 2729-2739.

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