the alfalfa project goal
We could just wait.
We could just wait – through another disappointing rainy season, another year that might restrict water supplies. We could just wait – through stressed and unpredictable alfalfa crops that end up costing more to grow than they yield. Isn’t that what farmers do? We work. We wait. We endure. But we never wait when we have a better option. A smarter option.
The Alfalfa Project (TAP) is definitely that smarter option. We utilized experts in irrigation, agricultural engineering, farming methodologies and finance. We combined that with technology that enhances crop performance while dramatically reducing water consumption. The result was Precision Alfalfa Management (PAM).
PAM combines the effectiveness of subsurface drip irrigation with improved crop scheduling, water monitoring, and nutrient restoration. PAM’s focus is the biological preference of the plant, creating conditions that encourage alfalfa to thrive. PAM requires approximately half the water being applied to alfalfa now. It also completely eliminates evaporative waste from flooding and keeps soil surfaces dry for natural weed reduction, shorter curing time, and increased cuts. PAM produces lusher vegetation that’s less stressed, with more uniform growth and stronger root systems. It’s predictable and economical. We think it’s just plain smarter.
The Alfalfa Project
The Alfalfa Project’s goal is to convert 235,000 acres of alfalfa in the San Joaquin Valley of California, and that will save over 300 billion gallons of water annually. The first 2,200 acres using the PAM program have shown both amazing and consistent results. That’s not just good for the grower, but good for the Valley — for jobs, land values, communities, and investors. It’s good for the environment and sustainability. It’s good for our kids, and for our future.
Flood irrigation has been one of the traditional methods for irrigating alfalfa for over a 100 years.
Source: Digital Collections of Colorado - Colorado State University