Vierra Brothers Almond Orchard, Colusa, CA - Rain Bird® ClimateMinder Video
Vierra Brothers, formed by three almond growers in Maxwell, CA in 2005, achieved a remarkable yield of 2,700 lbs. per acre in 2013 from a 5-year orchard. This orchard is located on the west side of the Sacramento Valley, where this is a pretty strong result. Bob Vierra attributes the majority of this success to their use of the Rain Bird ClimateMinder soil moisture monitoring system to manage their irrigation. By accurately controlling the timing and the amount of irrigation, Vierra Brothers is able to manage the deficit irrigation process properly, which is very important to maximize the yield by obtaining optimum kernel size and achieving more uniform hull split.