Sunday, April 3, 2016

AgroLiquid to the Rescue

So again, I'm sorry for the delay, but I've been busy.  We continue from far Southern California during a visit there last month.
From the above picture of an I-Phone altitude app, it appears that we fell into a deep hole.  Well we are deep below sea level, but not in a hole.  No, I am back at the Salton Sea in far Southern California.  I have reported on the history of the area and how the Salton Sea came to be on June 25, 2015, and more on February 28, 2014.  So check those out and then come back.  I'll wait.

After leaving Coachella, JW, Carlos and I headed South and went around the Salton Sea.  It's 15 miles wide and 35 miles long and is nothing but a salty catch basin.  Unusable for anything, although we did see a couple campers along the shore.  Well at least it's a place to get away from it all.  Here is some bedded ground where something will be planted.  Not sure what as its getting late and temperatures will soon be too hot for anything.  Maybe it's getting a jump start for next fall.  Don't have to worry about rain washing them away.
 Pretty sunset and reflection off the sea.  Well I guess the sea is good for nice pictures.
 An eerie landscape of nothing but sand and the sea water and twilight sky in the background.
 Our objective was to get down into the Imperial Valley, a winter garden for the whole country.  I reported earlier that we are working with some olives there.  Olives are a popular and growing crop in the Imperial Valley.  In fact the grower operation that we were working with is now a retail partner.  It is Desert Milling of Brawley, CA.  Now these are some good olives that they own.  Remember this for reference.
These are some not so good olives that have just come under their management.  It seems that some people, all they see are dollar signs and are not really any good at establishing a crop.  This farming is not so easy, is it?  We saw this newly established field last year.  They watered with flood irrigation and all it did was make erosion ruts and the trees were not cared for properly.  So they turned it over to Desert Milling to manage and recover it. So what better place for the first use of an AgroLiquid program on olives? First they established drip irrigation which is much better than flood.  Next they pruned the trees to promote proper growth.  After that, the Agro will flow.
Another issue is that the water is so salty.  Olives have some level of salt tolerance.  But this is a challenge for sure.  Hopefully the low-salt AgroLiqud will cancel it out.
 Of course all agriculturalists have to stand around and discuss options.  Just like previously in the peppers.  Here we see Rocky, who is Desert Milling's olive manager, JW, Carlos and Dr. Art Dawson, a crop consultant who is running some trials.  And yes, Rocky is tall and did play college basketball.
So hopefully in a future blog post there will be an amazing transformation here due to good management and AgroLiquid to the rescue.