- Author: Elizabeth Crutchfield
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is working to increase agricultural water use efficiency here in California. DWR is funding our research on the effect of biochar and compost on crop water usage. We have set up three research sites, one in the Central Valley, one in the Central Coastal Rangest and one in the Desert. Sensors will be set up at each of these sites to monitor water use over the growing season.
Here's an update on the work that's been done and that we plan to get done soon for this project:
Terranova Ranch: Watermark Sensors – some wires were cut. Those sensors will be replaced shortly.
Tule Sensors – Will be installed in approximately three to four weeks
Monterey Pacific: Watermark Sensors – will be installed in the next month.
DREC: Watermark Sensors – will be installed in the next month or two.
Sugarbeets – will be planted in the first or second week of October