Grower participation will be as easy at accessing CIMIS online and providing the requested data about crops, soils and irrigation.
Many California growers are already familiar with CIMIS, Salas said.
“Inputting their data will take very little time,” she said. “CIMIS can even be accessed by smart cell phones.”
None of the coalition members is anticipating an immediate decrease in irrigation water use or increased crop yields.
“We’re at the embryonic stage,” Frame said. “We’re just beginning to look into this.”
Nonetheless, there is optimism at Western Growers.
“The idea is efficiency, getting the most you can from every drop of water,” Salas said. “We’ll know much more after we get the results of the pilot projects."