The Alfalfa Project (TAP)
The Alfalfa Project
Reduced water usage, higher yields, better quality and increased profits. Something to smile about.
The Alfalfa Project (TAP) was created to enable the conversion of 350,000 acres of alfalfa in California’s San Joaquin Valley from traditional flood or sprinkler irrigation to subsurface drip irrigation (SDI), and from conventional farming practices to precision farming practices.
After three years of field work in alfalfa — developing systems, techniques and procedures — a process called Precision Alfalfa Management (PAM) was developed. PAM utilizes a combination of existing technology and innovative techniques, software, and active management of the crop to produce improved yields with less water.
PAM has been combined with sub-surface drip irrigation systems on over 1,100 acres in the San Joaquin Valley of California, and the results are impressive: water usage was down by 47%, and crop yields went up by 77%. Better yields with less water. (Contact us for audited results.)
The conversion of 350,000 acres in California’s San Joaquin Valley is expected to take 3 years to accomplish. It will produce new economic vitality in the area, creating jobs, improving air quality, sequestering carbon from the atmosphere, and saving substantial amounts of water in some of our critically over-drafted water areas.
The mission of the project is to make the farmer successful and to remove barriers to sustainable dairy operations here in the San Joaquin Valley of California.
The idea is to make growing the alfalfa, the feed stock of the dairy industry, more efficient, profitable and sustainable to avoid any disruption of the milk supply chain and the dairy foods industry, thereby ensuring a stable future for all of us.