Over 30% of the Contiguous United States is in a period of moderate to exceptional drought. In California, 82% of the state is in exceptional or extreme drought.
Things have been particularly challenging with state officials approving drastic measures to reduce water consumption. Farmers in California, Texas, Oklahoma and other similarly affected areas, often are without access to water from reservoirs and are forced to choose which of their crops to water.
When one starts analyzing the effect on specific parts of the agriculture industry, one begins to notice the impact not only on the economy but on individuals involved in this industry. A good example is the almond industry. Almond growers know first-hand that water is a precious natural resource and that smart water = smart business. Conservation is not just about livelihood, but like so much in agriculture, it is about preserving a way of life.
Over 90% of California almond farms are family owned and have been for many generations.
During the last 20 years, water use for almond production has been reduced by 33% per pound. Facing the deepening water crisis, many growers are turning to new additional technologies to balance the demand for their product with the reduced availability of water by their need to support their families.
Halo customer, Pacific AG Management, Inc., is a full service farm management company. The company manages its own and third party farms producing Almonds and Pistachios. Their desire was to address both water and operational management.
- Using easy to install and use Halo Operational Management Analysis Platform, they were able to:
- Optimize irrigation through Halo by analyzing:
- Water usage
- Energy usage
- Crop yield
- Monitor price and deliveries to forecast demand
- Oversee water delivery and rain fall delivery per acre
- Combine outside data from such sources as UC Davis regarding optimal water necessary to maximize yield
- Manage their water usage and yield for an additional $5,000.00 per acre savings
- Combine sales forecasts and demand forecasts with operations to determine necessary yields using S&OP
One of the many advantages Halo is that Halo is not a ‘Rip and Replace’ solution that takes extended time-frames for implementation and causes disruption. Halo can sit on, and immediately enhance, virtually any existing systems.
A typical installation of a Halo is three (3) weeks and Halo customers usually see an ROI within six (6) months of implementation.
When it comes to meeting operational needs, Halo is the Solution.