Drought brings soil salt build-up

Water supplies are a grave concern for growers and PCAs in the inland valleys, but coastal field men said the bigger concern for their growers was not quantity so much as quality. Accumulated salts are having significant impacts in some fields, which were being treated with thiosulfates and other acidifiers in an effort to reduce the electroconductivity and encourage permeability in the soil.

Dana said more growers are looking to cover crops in rotation to vegetables to build up organic matter and overall health of the soil. He said some growers are even looking to grain rotations given high commodity prices to capture returns on their acreage while working to build up the biological profile of the soil.

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