Cropping Systems for Intensive Desert Vegetable Production

Project Overview

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 1998: $130,672.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2001
Matching Federal Funds: $5,000.00
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $88,000.00
Region: Western
State: California
Principal Investigator:
Charles Sanchez
University of Arizona
Dr. Milt McGiffen, Jr.
University of California


  • Agronomic: peas (field, cowpeas), sorghum sudangrass
  • Fruits: melons
  • Vegetables: greens (lettuces)


  • Crop Production: conservation tillage
  • Education and Training: demonstration, extension
  • Farm Business Management: new enterprise development, budgets/cost and returns, whole farm planning
  • Pest Management: cultural control, integrated pest management, mulches - killed, physical control, mulching - vegetative, weed ecology
  • Production Systems: agroecosystems, holistic management
  • Soil Management: green manures, organic matter, nutrient mineralization, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures
    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.