Black Mission fig production improved by heavier irrigation
California Agriculture 53(6):30-34. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v053n06p30.
An analysis of tree-water relations and fruit yield indicates that Black Mission fig production responds favorably to a higher volume of water applied during the summer than is currently used by most of the industry. Larger fruit size was the primary yield component responsible for the improved production and profit. Based on historical reference crop evapotranspiration rates and the crop coefficients determined using data from this study, summer-applied water should be about 36 inches for maximum Black Mission fruit production and grower profit in the Madera area.
D.A. Goldhamer is UC Cooperative Extension Water Management Specialist, Kearney Agricultural Center, Parlier; M. Salinas is Research Associate, Kearney Agricultural Center, Parlier;
The authors gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of Richard De Benedetto of De Benedetto Ag., Inc., Paul Mepsle of RiPaul Sorting, Inc., and Ron Klamm and the Fig Research Institute, who provided funding. They also express appreciation to the following field assistants: Cindy Greene, Dan Howes, Jesus Salinas, Lino Salinas, Heraclio Reyes, Raul Resendez and Julio Villegas.