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Farming

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on 15 April 2014

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Transcript of Farming

California Farms
-California produces over 250 different crops.
-California solely produces:
-Almonds
-Artichokes
-Dates
-Pistachios
-Figs
-Kiwifruit
-Walnuts
-Persimmons
-California farms irrigate 9.6 million acres of land
-34 million acre-feet or 11,078,948,600,000 gallons of water is used every year to irrigate California farms.
Aquaponics
Automated Irrigation Systems
Conclusion
We can reduce the use of water by using more resourceful things like aquaponics and hydroponics or using automated irrigation systems on farms.
Grows plants twice as fast
Easy to maintain
Uses recycled water
Fish most commonly used
Tilapia
Catfish
Trout
Bass
Koi
Goldfish
Difficult to grow root crops
Trees are even possible to grow
tilapia
catfish
trout
koi
goldfish
bass
Grows crops without soil

Nutrients dissolved in water

Roots don't search for nutrients

Little to no risk of pests and plant disease

Water is recycled

Can grow same crops as in aquaponics

Lettuces are easiest to grow

Amount of energy used is the downside to both hydroponics and aquaponics
Automated irrigation systems are computer controlled

Can use any of the 4 irrigation methods

Decides how much water to use based on
Soil conditions
Crop maturity
Crop type
Precipitation
Sun Exposure

Information is collected by sensors in the soil

Makes better use of water by only using it when needed
Irrigation
4 types of agricultural irrigation:

(1) Manual irrigation

(2) Surface irrigation

(3) Sprinkler irrigation

(4) Sub-irrigation
Symbiotic relationship between plants and fish

Fish and crops are in two separate tanks

Fish produce waste that turns into ammonia

Ammonia is turned into nitrites and nitrates by bacteria

Plants take in the nitrates and removes them for the fish
Hydroponics
Developed by Russel Maridon of Watsonville, CA

Uses real time information about field conditions

Uses automated controls

Saves as much as 32% on water and 14% on fertilizer

View & control with a tablet, smart phone, or computer
Water and farming
California is experiencing a record drought

Competition for our most precious resource has never been higher

We all need to use our water as efficiently as possible

Automated systems like Ag-Rite are leading the way in conserving water

Soiless farming methods may have to be used in a much higher scale if drought continues

Water is the one thing we all need to survive

I hope this topic is important to you too!
agrite.com
Maridon, Russel
watereducation.org
thecalifonian.com
otssy.com
howstffworks.com
popsci.com
farmland.org
nytimes.com
nt.gov.au
endlessfoodsystems.com
simplyhydro.com
ask.com
A Few Words in Spanish
Ahorra agua en casa
1. Apaga el agua cuando te laves tu pelo o manos y vas a utilizar menos galones al mes.

2. Si tu tienes hielo extra de algo dejalo que se derrita en tus plantas.

3. Planta plantas que usen menos agua.
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