Olives need less water

By From page A5 | August 01, 2014


Much has been said and printed about the Small Farm irrigation rate structure. One thing is certain in this controversy: that the definition and proof of production (qualification) is complex and confusing. It appears that one form of a “Small Farm” consists of 24 olive trees. This analysis uses that format.

A question arises: What are the water, irrigation, requirements for this type of orchard? And therefore what amount of subsidy is required to support this classification?

The answer is about 7,500 CF on an annual basis less rainfall. This figure is based on the maximum needs, 100 percent Etc. UC Davis recommends between 40 and 70 percent Etc.

As a SFR, Single-Family Resident, ratepayer, I suggest that the subsidy for this typical orchard of 24 table olive trees be limited to 7,500 CF annually. This is the quantity of water necessary to achieve the purpose of the Small Farm rate.

All data in this analysis is presented on the UC Davis Website:

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