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Researchers looking for ways to reduce water for strawberry production

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 Strawberry production is booming in California.

Current reports show more than 80 percent of the strawberries in the U.S. come from the coastal valleys of the Central Coast.

Researchers are currently looking for ways to reduce water use during the drought by using a sprinkler system that is closer to the ground.

Surendra Dara, strawberry and vegetable crops advisor for the University of California, says, "This is the micro sprinkler. It creates moisture on the foliage and that discourages mites. It also has the advantages of reducing the water needs and also aiding in pest management. How much water would it reduce? Our observations this year during three weeks in November, there was a 32 percent reduction."

this type of sprinkler is already used in orchards, but  is new for strawberry crops in the Santa Maria Valley.

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