The Almond Board of Australia have now updated the Almond Production Spreadsheet to incorporate the use of regional weather stations. Click on the image to download now. Once downloaded enable editing to enter your details.
About the Almond Production Spreadsheet
The following spreadsheet is a tool to aid in the explanation, budgeting and tracking of almond irrigation, fertiliser and foliar applications.
Water Use & Irrigation
There are several options available for budgeting water use, either by:
- Daily, site specific evaporation data and crop factor % (0-100%) based on the CT trial data. Any profile establishment water has not been taken into account and will be additional to this irrigation program.
- Preselecting a water use figure (ML/Ha) and split according to the monthly %’s of the CT trial data. This can either be calculated with or with out profile establishment water.
- A known water use figure (ML/Ha) with the ability to change the monthly %’s of the CT trial data. This can either be calculated with or with out profile establishment water.
There are four options available for fertiliser application, either:
- Treatment 1 = 240:50:400 (N:P:K) per hectare.
- Treatment 2 = 320:50:600 (N:P:K) per hectare.
- Treatment 3 = 320:50:400 (N:P:K) per hectare. (not a CT Trial treatment, but based on “best bet” nutrient removal calculated from CT Trial)
- User Defined (N:P:K) per hectare.
The suggested program is a minimum requirement with regard to the number of sprays and the listed ingredients. If mixing with fungicides or adding other nutrient products check the associated labels for compatibility and rates. Ensure the spray tank mixes are not too concentrated with ingredients and spraying conditions (e.g. Delta T, temperature, wind, etc ) are appropriate.
Listed values are the average levels obtained for the leaf samples in October, November, December and January for fertiliser Treatment 1 (i.e. 240:50:400)
Nutrient Removal Analysis
Whole fruit can be sampled at harvest in a similar method to leaf sampling. The fruit is to be hand cracked into the husk, shell and kernel and and sent to the laboratory for full analysis including the wet weights and dry weights of the samples. Provides a starting point for the generation of a nutrient balance between inputs (fertilisers) and outputs (harvested crop).
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All data must only be entered in the yellow cells.
All questions are to be directed to:
Industry Development Officer
Almond Board of Australia
PO Box 1507
Loxton, S.A., 5333
Phone: (08) 8582 2055
Mobile: 0429 837 137
This project has been facilitated by Horticulture Innovation in partnership with the Almond Board of Australia (ABA). It has been funded by the Australian almond industry levy and voluntary contributions from ABA and Clark Taylor Farms. The Australian Government provides matched funding for all Horticulture Innovation’s R&D activities.
Almond Board of Australia and its emplyees do not gurantee the use or results of use, of the information contained herein as to it correctness, accuracy, reliability, currency or otherwise. The information supplied in the Fact Sheet was the best avilable at the time of publication. However, the understanding and management of almonds is constantly evolving and recommendations regularly change. As such, the reader should seek professional advide before acting upon any information in this Fact Sheet and should always comply with the relevant processing factory requirements, food safety legislation, and the information listed on chemical labels.