Vicky BoydUniversity of California researchers want to know what type and how growers are using moisture sensors, such as neutron probes.A group of University of California researchers and Extension specialists want to get a better handle on how many growers are using sensors to make irrigation decisions and how they are using them.
They are asking help from growers and consultants by completing a 23-question survey.
As part of the survey, the group also will ask growers and consultants about canopy management.
The survey should take about 18 minutes to complete, according to the announcement.
The results will be used to guide future research in the West.
All information will be kept confidential.
The crops targeted are apples, grapes, tree nuts and cherries, according to an Extension newsletter.
The researchers are particularly interested in sensor use in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington.
The survey can be found at http://ucce.ucdavis.edu.