Irrigation Research Delineates Tradeoffs in Fruit Quality and Yield

In the southern San Joaquin Valley of California, minimum harvest standards for juice sweetness and fruit color for naval oranges are preventing production to reach their full potential. Advisors at the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources have developed and implemented a series of carefully monitored irrigation treatments that demonstrated that late season irrigation can save water, increase development of early fruit color and increased the concentration of soluble solids, such as sugar; however, water stress can generally reduce fruit size and yield.

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