5 Things You Need To Know About Irrigating Strawberries

July 21, 2021 12:00 pm
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Frank Toves


From Orange County and San Diego, through Oxnard and Santa Maria, and up to Watsonville, strawberries have been grown on the coast for years. For 2021 there are projected to be over 36,000 acres planted between the fall and summer seasons. This makes strawberries consistently one of the top 10 agricultural commodities grown in California.

Strawberries are irrigated in several ways. What you use to irrigate them, how you irrigate and when you irrigate all make a difference in the quality and yield of the strawberries you grow. In addition, new technology shows how proper irrigation improves pest management as well. This week we are taking a hard look at the best ways to irrigate strawberries with Frank Toves. You will leave the session knowing the steps you need to take to maximize your strawberry yields. 

In this session, you will learn:

  1. What type of irrigation is best for your row sizing
  2. If you should use overhead sprinklers or switch to drip
  3. If you use overhead sprinklers, when is the best time to switch to drip irrigation
  4. What flow rates to use to increase yields
  5. Which micro-sprinklers work best for pest management for strawberries.

This will be an information-packed session.

Frank Toves


Frank attended Cal Poly for Computer Science and has a history of technical and computer based skills. He began working in the agriculture industry in 2006 managing a local irrigation dealership in the Salinas Valley. Later he began doing sales and design both locally in Salinas and expanding down into Santa Maria and Oxnard. His dedication to doing what is best for the grower has allowed for him to build long term relationships built on mutual trust with his customers. This has been very helpful as Frank helps growers transition from conventional farming practices to the future of technology and automation. His background in computer science has allowed for him to lead the way for integrating technology with agriculture while his reputation lets his growers know that they will be supported every step of the way throughout the transition and learning process. Frank is recognized by the Irrigation Association as a Certified Irrigation Designer (CID), Agriculture Irrigation Specialist (CAIS), and a Certified Irrigation Contractor (CIC). As well as a Technical Service Provider (TSP) by the NRCS.

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