The question of how much water, how often and how quickly it should be applied, is one of the most debated aspects of truffle farming.
The answer to how much and how often to water truffle, usually involves a combination of soil characteristics, drainage, weather and the age of the trees. How fast to apply water is generally based on the soil type.
Soil types differ from paddock to paddock and weather differs from region to region, so there is clearly no ‘one size fits all’ answer. Added to the confusion, is the fact that there’s been great variation of soil types used throughout the evolution of the truffle industry in non-traditional environments, at times, without any meaningful soil preparation.
New farms being established are at a distinct advantage in many ways. The knowledge base we now have in relation to site selection for truffle growing and soil preparation, if adhered to, allows for much better irrigation management practices, among many other benefits.
New trees and established trees
In coming posts I’ll explain the critical water requirements and irrigation techniques for new trees (up to year 4) and the dynamic and increasing irrigation, required for more established trees.
Till next post…