California Department of Food and Agriculture


Water cycling

Maintain soil moisture and regulate water movement/cycling

California's agriculture depends heavily on a network of water delivery systems for irrigation. Therefore, water balance and management is a crucial component to ensuring the productivity of crop land in California. Certain practices, such as cover cropping, tillage and residue management, can help maintain or improve soil moisture and act to regulate water movement and cycling through the soil.

Below are practices that contribute to water cycling.