Irrigation Advances From UC Davis CAES Help Conserve Water as Precious Resource
California agriculture is a central pillar of the state’s economy, producing $37 billion worth of fruits, nuts, vegetables, field crops, livestock, and greenhouse, nursery, and floriculture products in 2007. Water is key to this agricultural bounty. In a normal year, California agriculture uses about 34.2 million acre-feet of water for irrigation, according to a 2009 report by the UC Davis Agricultural Issues Center. UC Davis CAES scientists are experimenting with innovative research projects and new information technology to make the most of the state’s limited but very important water resources.