Even though growing strawberries is a billion dollar business, there is still room for improvement in the application of scant resources. Resources such as water are often in high demand. In the strawberry growing capital of the world, California, farmers are employing a novel approach to find the optimal ways to grow their crops. They are using mathematics.
By enlisting the help of expert mathematicians, Californian farmers in the Parajo Valley region are developing and using sophisticated mathematical models to ensure the proper utilization of water to mitigate the scarcity of that precious and vital resource. PBS recently delved into the details of this newsworthy topic on their News Hour segment.
For the full segment, view the embedded clip below.