Lettuce packed and ready for shipment to grocery stores sits on a truck near Salinas.
Almost ready for harvest, this lettuce is just one of many fields University of California researchers can now access via an online program that helps growers manage water and nitrogen use.
Cooperation between growers and university researchers led to a new online program to better manage water and nitrogen in lettuce. Mark Mason, left, manager of Huntington Farms in Soledad, and UC Davis Irrigation and Water Resources Specialist Michael Cahn, are in one of Huntington Farms’ fields near Salinas.
Web-based computer technology is being used by growers and UC researchers to manage soil nutrients and water in the Salinas Valley. Grower Mark Mason, left, and UC researcher Michael Cahn look at a virtual snapshot of one of Mason’s fields.
Salinas Valley lettuce grower Mark Mason demonstrates how he uses a tool to gather soil samples. These samples are used to provide a snapshot of soil nitrogen available in his fields, and are plugged into a computer program to help Mason manage water and fertilizer applications.
A farmworker harvests lettuce near Salinas, Calif.
Lettuce crews work quickly to harvest lettuce in California's Salinas Valley.
Lettuce growers in California’s agriculturally rich Salinas Valley have a new tool that saves them money and protects drinking water sources from nitrate contamination.
Western Farm Press
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