July 26, 2016

Western Growers, Toro and Simplot Study Irrigation Systems

Yesterday, two irrigation water experts—Paul McFadden with The Toro Company and Richard Bernier with Simplot—discussed the importance of irrigation uniformity in a detailed Lunch & Learn webinar sponsored by Western Growers (WG).

McFadden and Bernier highlighted findings and recommendations of a recent study conducted by WG, The Toro Company and Simplot Company. The study examined distribution uniformity (DU) in drip irrigation systems at four WG member companies. An initial assessment established baseline performance, and the results from the assessment led to the implementation of corrective actions to address deficiencies. Later, a follow-up assessment was conducted to measure performance and, in all instances, DU was improved and yields increased. 

“Distribution Uniformity has a direct impact on cost, water efficiency and yield,” said Hank Giclas, Western Growers’ senior vice president, strategic planning, science & technology. “This study demonstrates the importance of a well-maintained and managed drip irrigation system.”

The webinar and final report on The Toro, Simplot and WG collaboration is now available to all Western Growers member companies on our Lunch & Learn resources page. For questions, contact Sonia Salas at (949) 885-2251.