Cooling avocado trees by sprinkling
M. P. Miller
F. M. Turrell, University of California
S. W. Austin, University of California
California Agriculture 17(7):4-5. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v017n07p4.
M. P. Miller is Farm Advisor, Agricultural Extension Service, Riverside; F. M. Turrell is Professor of Biochemistry and Plant Physiologist at Citrus Research Center and Agricultural Experiment Station, University of California, Riverside. S. W. Austin is Senior Laboratory Technician at Citrus Research Center and Agricultural Experiment Station, University of California, Riverside.
Avocado trees are subject to fruit drop from hot weather. Field tests recently made in an avocado orchard, using overhead sprinklers for evaporational cooling, were effective in modifying air temperatures sufficiently to indicate possible control of this disorder. Temperature reductions of 5° to 7° were obtained.