Farmers in California need to manage their farm soil in order to reduce water consumption.
There are three ways that farmers can do this: (1) planting crops that use less water; (2) managing irrigation techniques; and (3) increasing the capacity of groundwater.
Farmers will also need to take steps beyond these three plans in order to manage their farm soil and reduce their water consumption.
This includes adding organic material like compost to the soil, installing irrigation systems only when the crops need it, and identifying regions with lower rainfall rates for crop production.
Another way to help farmers manage farm soil and reduce water consumption is by educating them.
A report from the State Water Resources Control Board suggests that there needs to be better awareness of the issue among growers so they can take steps in order to reduce their water consumption.
This will be particularly important with regards to Southern California’s $40 billion agricultural industry, which is predicted to use less developed water sources in the future.
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