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Irrigation and soil salinity management are of paramount importance to agriculture sustainability in desert agriculture. Because irrigation water and shallow ground water that fluxes up through the soil have salts, some level of excess irrigation (beyond crop consumptive use) must be applied to leach salts below the crop root zone. The various irrigation systems utilized, and the management of these systems, can have a profound impact on water delivered, leaching achieved, and resulting salt distribution.

With a goal of providing a predictive Decision Tool to growers based on “Smart Data” Analytics, YCEDA underwrote a Roadmapping project by the director of the USDA National Laboratory on Agriculture and the Environment and Earth Knowledge, an accomplished data analytics company. This roadmap has focused existing research, data, technology and predictive tools on the specialty crop industry. It has evolved to a collaboration with YCEDA growers providing pairs of fields and historical and real-time data so that disease triggers can be analyzed and predicted. Cutting edge sensors and other tech

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