UC Scientists Helping Farmers Reduce Water Needs

A team of UC researchers has helped the agriculture industry make do with less water by growing alfalfa, sorghum and corn under a center pivot irrigation system. The primary focus of the study is comparing regular irrigation levels with regulated deficit irrigation. Jeff Mitchell, UC Cooperative Extension specialist and the project lead, predicts a 25 percent reduction of water used and an overall improvement of future water management strategies in California.

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