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Sticks, leaves and dirt...OH MY!

Almonds are harvested off a tree, where we shake them on the ground. Then they are swept into rows and picked up. Sounds like a fairly easy and simply process but there are a lot of moving parts with several steps and processes along the way.


If you start with shaking a tree, the vibrations don't just knock the almonds off the tree but of course any loose sticks or leaves will also fall too. This could cause a problem when it comes to sweeping the nuts. The sticks could get caught in the sweeper brushes and maybe even get caught up in the irrigation hoses.


Once the nuts are in the rows and the harvester is set to run through to pick up the almonds, those sticks could be troublesome again. The harvester will generally have to run at a slower speed through the field as to allow for the sticks to not get caught up in the series of belts that carry the almonds up. When the harvester empties the almonds into the shuttle cart and further on the elevator, sticks can clog up belts and c…

Drilling a new water well

Over the last two weeks we had a water well drilled on our farm! Because of the drought, we have an 80 acre field that district water allocations would be cut off as of may 15th. We have an old well that had the metal casing collapse 10 years ago and is no longer usable for us. We placed a request 6 months ago to have a well drilled and two weeks ago we got word that we were next up!

Soil Samples taken every 20-30 feet
Drilling a well is quite the process. They drill foot by foot taking samples every 20 to 30 feet. These samples ensure that the water is good quality and available at that point. Also, the samples are used by the county and the drilling company to determine how deep we need to put cement around the well to ensure nothing is able to get down to the aquifer that is not supposed to be there. The drilling rig had to go 340 feet before they hit the top of the aquifer at our farm. The drilling continued to 935 feet in total to ensure we would have an active well if the aquifer drops further.

During drought times a lot of farmers drill new wells on property they solely or partially depended on district water before. With everyone drilling wells it will soon lower our aquifer even more. But a few years ago farmers were asked to stop drilling in fear of lowering the aquifer and were told the state and central water projects would be able to supply us water. This has not been the case, so we drill to keep farming. Without drilling this well we would not have any water supply to 80 acres, which would cause the trees to die by the end of the year.


Drilling a new water well.

Until Next Time,
Almond Girl



Comments

  1. I had no idea that drilling a well was so simple. I think it's amazing that they do it foot by foot. I would love to learn more about this and possibly have a well put around my area. I think it would be really helpful for everyone. I'll have to look more into this! http://www.dwjensendrilling.com/en/products_and_services.html

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  2. I can only imagine the amount of work that goes into well drilling. With water being so important for farming, I can certainly understand why you drilled this well. I hope it will supply your farm with the water it needs.

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