State funding may help farmers overcome challenges to improved soil practices

January 17, 2017 at 6:05 PM

Improved soil promises to help farmers use less water and reduce carbon in the atmosphere. Jesse Sanchez, manager at Sano Farms in Firebaugh, said 15 years ago, tractors were rolling across the 4,000-acre tomato farm all the time. Now, the farm features cover crops in the winter, reduced soil tillage, irrigation with super-efficient buried drip tape and lower fertilizer needs. The result is a one-third drop in water use and a 75 percent reduction in diesel to fuel tractors, Romero said.

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