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This section addresses crop water needs during production, water quality considerations relating to the transfer of human pathogens onto fruit crops, water management for pesticide use, and groundwater contamination resulting from crop production activities.

For berry crops in general, access to 1.5 inches of water every 12–14 days during the growing season (April-October) will aid in maximum growth and fruit bud development. During fruiting, ensuring that there is adequate moisture (at least 1 inch of water per week) will enable plants to maintain fruit size and production.