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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Ventura County is experiencing well below average temperatures for this time of the year. Frost warnings have been in affect each night this week and will continue through the next few days. Irrigation in the fields and the use of wind machines in the orchards, help to protect the crops from damage.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Cover crop growing in between plantings on land we farm in Piru. Also called green manure, planting cover crops has been a part of our best management practices for over 20 years. Cover crops build organic matter, suppress weeds, build productive soil, and help control pests and diseases.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Work continues on control reservoir being excavated next to water filter station on our Eyraud Ranch in Bakersfield. The reservoir will help us balance the flow of water through the system. When complete, the project will deliver 3000 gallons per minute (GPM) to 550 acres.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

irrigation control valve Underwood Ranches

The new control valve ready to be connected to the 20″ concrete mainline at our Eyraud property. This is the line that will deliver canal water to our new filter station.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

potatoes Underwood Ranches

Spreading compost and gypsum at Delis property for the spring potato crop. Mulch will increase the organic matter in the soil while the gypsum (a naturally occurring mineral amendment) will help with water infiltration and calcium.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

tractor Underwood Ranches

Tractor with bed harrow preparing soil to plant cilantro on our farm in Arvin. The irrigator in the background is connecting pipe for the onions that will be planted in the adjacent field.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Setting new filter platforms at the filter station on our Eyraud Ranch in Bakersfield. Having this will allow us to use the water from the Kern Delta Water District which brings water from Lake Isabella. Rain will slightly delay project, but work will continue once it clears.

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Friday, January 5, 2017

onions Underwood Ranches

Newly planted onion field being irrigated. The flags in the front reflect a varietal trial with the green hue to the right showing a previous planting popping up. The irrigator in rain gear is cleaning a plugged sprinkler.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Lupe compacting ground for new filter station off Bear Mountain Road in Bakersfield. Having this station will allow us to use water from the Kern Delta Water District which brings water from Lake Isabella.

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Wind machine shut off for the day after a busy night of frost protection to keep crops from damage due to sustained exposure to 32° or lower. Temperatures dropped to freezing levels beginning at 11:00pm last night lasting until 7:00am this morning. The machines are used to distribute warmer air from the inversion. Each machine…

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