Managing almond trees with less water

Irrigators faced with reduced water allocations need to make a range of decisions including:

  • the purchase of additional water (at a likely elevated value);
  • prioritise water onto preferred patches;
  • giving other patches reduced volumes with consequent reductions in production;
  • abandoning poorly performing patches, and
  • possibly removing plantings of lowest priority and bringing forward redevelopment plans.

The success of a drought irrigation strategy must consider the impacts in both the drought season and subsequent seasons.

This factsheet covers options for managing your almond trees with a reduced water allocation as well as describing the experience of an almond grower near Mildura who faced limited water availability in the 2007/08 season.

Topics covered include:

  • water requirements
  • regulated deficit irrigation (RDI)
  • sustained deficit irrigation (SDI)
  • irrigation strategy
  • water saving practices (immediate and longer-term)
  • water budget planning


Page last updated: 19 Feb 2024