The California Microirrigation Pocket Guide
By Mike Morris, NCAT Agriculture Specialist
Over the two decades since it first appeared in 2003, this take-to-the-field guidebook has evolved through over a dozen editions with comments and advice from irrigation experts around the country. Besides the usual updates and corrections, this new version puts greater emphasis on the importance of soil health. Recent advances in soil science have taught us a great deal about how biologically dead or depleted soils can be brought back to life. When soils get healthier, they catch and hold more water—sometimes a lot more. Taking care of soil health should therefore be a high priority for all irrigators.
The System Management & Maintenance half of this updated guidebook explains how to manage and maintain a microirrigation system. The Pumps, Motors & Engines half provides descriptions and diagrams of recommended pumping plant installations, suggestions for improving water and energy efficiency, and detailed instructions for equipment maintenance.
A limited number of print copies are available, in a convenient 4″x 6″ format with durable waterproof covers. It includes useful diagrams and tables, handy conversions and formulas, and irrigation guidelines for many common crops. To request a copy, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 1-800-346-9140.
Or, download the guide here:
The California Microirrigation Pocket Guide: System Management & Maintenance
The California Microirrigation Pocket Guide: Pumps, Motors & Engines
This publication is based upon work supported by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under number NR203A750001C025. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.