California Avocado Decision Support Tools Now Available Online
The online California Avocado Decision Support Tools System (DST) is now available online. This system, designed to help California avocado growers make decisions concerning fertilization and irrigation to help them maximize yield, can be accessed through CaliforniaAvocadoGrowers.com or directly at CaliforniaAvocadoGrowersDST.com.
The DST site currently houses two tools:
- Yield Potential Calculator. Developed based on years of plant tissue sampling research conducted by the University of California, this tool will generate a report indicating how much reduction from maximum yield a nutrient deficiency or excess is causing and a report ranking how critical each nutrient deficiency or excess is.
- Irrigation Calculator. Using California Irrigation Management Information System (CIMIS) data and specific grove information, this program generates irrigation system-specific run times by week.
The Avocado Decision Support Tools page on the California avocado grower site also provides growers with links to other articles and seminars related to the DST.