The intent of this collaboration was to "develop information relating to practices that will promote soil and moisture conservation on public and private lands, and general information relating to farm problems in the area."
Initial demonstration crops included sweet corn, melons, squash, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, potatoes, celery and lettuce. Cereal grains, alfalfa, pasture, sugar beets and safflower production projects followed.
Mr. & Mrs. Burt Hoyle, IREC's first Center Director c.1947
Current research is focused on irrigated field and vegetable crops; the development of new crop varieties; weed, insect and disease management; irrigation and water conservation; and plant fertility.
Educational opportunities include Annual Field Days, seminars, and hands-on workshops targeted at farmers, ag industry and school children.