Paul Brierley

Lifeblood of the Desert: Is Tech the Answer to Yuma Water Woes?

Apr 11, 2018
Maya Springhawk Robnett / KAWC Colorado River Public Media

In Yuma, Arizona, the Colorado River is not what it was.  For thousands of years, its raging water deposited rich soil in the delta, creating one of the most verdant agricultural areas in the world.  Today, the river flow is 1 percent of what it was a century ago, but agriculture continues to thrive even as the water needed to maintain it dwindles due to over-allocation and drought. 

Lettuce Shortage Caused by Unexpected Weather Comes to an End

May 31, 2017

Yuma, Arizona provides the majority of winter leafy greens in the U.S. and Salinas, California grows those same crops in the summer.  When harvest periods in the two areas don’t align, it can create a lettuce shortage—like the one that just ended.  For the Arizona Science Desk, Maya Springhawk Robnett reports…

Unusually Wet Week in Yuma County Could Raise Produce Prices

Dec 26, 2016
Maya Springhawk Robnett / Arizona Science Desk; KAWC

It has been an unusually wet winter thus far for the sunniest city in the world and meteorologists predict the trend will continue.  The recent rainfall in Yuma County is causing problems for local farmers.  Maya Springhawk Robnett of the Arizona Science Desk reports.

Drones in Agriculture Projected to Create $32 Billion Market

Dec 9, 2016
Rosa Bevington, YCEDA Media Specialist / Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture

International accounting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers recently projected a 32-billion-dollar market for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle use in the agriculture industry. In Yuma County, farmers have already begun utilizing UAV or “drone” technology in the fields. Maya Springhawk Robnett of the Arizona Science Desk reports…

Bridgestone Americas

For decades, industries using rubber have looked for alternatives to supplement and back up their supply.  90% of natural rubber is from trees grown primarily in Southeast Asia.  Bridgestone Tires says a desert shrub could be the answer and they want to grow (and process) it in Southwest Arizona.  For the Arizona Science Desk, Maya Springhawk Robnett reports…