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Dairy manure and subsurface drip irrigation – can we combine the two?

Presentation about the new systems at the Aug 22nd field day in Chowchilla, CA

Dairies produce lots of milk – and manure. The ingenious dairymen of the Central Valley often use one to produce the other. They grow forage crops like alfalfa and corn that they then feed to their cattle. To provide key nutrients to these crops...

Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 9:16 AM
  • Author: Caddie Bergren
  • Author: shulamit Shroder
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture Environment Food

A Regional Perspective: “Alternative” Manure Management or Business As Usual in Imperial County, California

Desert Research and Extension Center Feedlot, Imperial California

You know you have reached the Imperial Valley, located on the southeastern bottom corner of California, when you begin to smell (not carne asada, but you're close) the distinct aroma of cow manure. This smell isn't manure coming from dairy cows as...

Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 8:44 AM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture Environment Food

Mendocino County Healthy Soil Award Winners

Vineyard in Ukiah, California.

Congratulations to the recipients of the CDFA Healthy Soils Program! Nine Mendocino farmers were selected for an award, totaling over $300k going to make Mendocino County soils that much healthier. That is incredible action taken by our NorCal land...

Posted on Monday, July 29, 2019 at 12:05 PM
  • Author: blbaskerville@ucanr.edu [undefined:blbaskerville@ucanr.edu]
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture Natural Resources

Avocado Growers Talk Cover Crops

Triticale and Lamb-Hass. Photo credit: Chris Sayer

Cover crops in avocados. How do you select species? When do you seed? Do they even work? What benefits do you notice? What are the management issues associated with cover crops? These were all questions addressed at a grower field day seminar entitled,...

Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture Environment Food

Salty fries? Yum. Salty Water and Soil? Not So Much.

Origin of soil salinity

Can compost help me with my salt problems?   Increasing soil salinity poses an existential threat to agriculture in many parts of California. Due to decades of irrigation and low rainfall, areas like the Central Valley suffer from increasing...

Posted on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 9:29 AM
  • Author: Shulamit Shroder
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture Environment

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