California Farm Water Success Stories: Smart Irrigation Scheduling

Published: December 8, 2011
Author: Lucy Allen

Wise use of irrigation water is a top priority for California growers, and many different practices and technologies can help improve on-farm water-use efficiency. Therefore, increasing the amount and quality of information available to growers is an essential first step in efficient irrigation.

With smart irrigation scheduling, growers are able to use their water more efficiently, either by reducing or by keeping constant the amount of applied water, while maintaining or improving yields. The Smart Irrigation Scheduling: Tom Rogers’ Almond Ranch case study, part of the California Farm Water Success Stories series, analyzes the costs and benefits of smart irrigation scheduling. Tom Rogers found significant water savings and increased yields associated with irrigation scheduling on his ranch.

The Farm Water Steward Award was established to recognize leaders and innovators in water stewardship across the California agricultural community. Madera County almond grower Tom Rogers is the 2014 recipient of the Farm Water Steward Award for his leadership in smart irrigation scheduling. The award was jointly presented by the Pacific Institute, Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), and Ag Innovations NetworkRead more.


Download the case study.
Download the Pacific Institute press release.

Tom Rogers, Almond Grower, Madera County 

Tom Rogers talks about monitoring soil moisture levels to better manage water on his almond farm.

In addition to these success stories, the Pacific Institute and other members of the California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply have launched an Interactive Database and Map which contains more than 30 case studies, including the Pacific Institute’s success stories, and is searchable by location, production type, irrigation method, and stewardship practice.

Read the California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply press release.


– Sustainable Water Management for Urban Agriculture
– State and Federal Funding Accelerates Efficiency
– Vegetated Waterways and Riparian Restoration
– Industry-Driven Standards for Water Efficiency
– Managing for Multiple Benefits
– Recycled Water and Agriculture
– Groundwater Banking
– Improved Communication, Monitoring, and Measurement
– Integrated Regional Water Management
– Volumetric Pricing and Conjunctive Use