Tools and Resources
In the midst of historic drought, California’s academic institutions serve as a tremendous resource both in offering everything from near-term management advice to farmers and ranchers to the innovative work being carried out by researchers on everything from drought resistant crops to snow sensors to climate change.
Predictions for 2015-2016 indicate the potential for strong El Niño-related precipitation, and consequent flooding, particularly in southern California. Forecasts also indicate that temperatures throughout the state may remain high, complicating the precipitation picture, particularly for the agricultural sector. We've got resources to help.
The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, with support from the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Fertilizer Research and Education Program, developed training program aimed at helping growers to develop efficient nitrogen management practices. The training has been offered for several years to Certified Crop Advisers, and the presentations and videos from those trainings are now available.
The Nitrate Groundwater Pollution Hazard Index was developed to provide information to farmers interest in voluntary management practices that reduce nitrogen contamination potential in groundwater.
CropManage is a tool for online irrigation scheduling of vegetables and berries. CropManage was designed to be as intuitive as possible for growers and farm managers to use, with a secure login procedure so that only individuals with permission can view and/or edit water and nitrogen fertilizer records of a particular farming operation.
ENVIRO-GRO was developed to provide simulations of the growth of agricultural crops. The program simulates subsurface variably-saturated water flow, solute transport, root water uptake, nitrogen uptake, and relative yield for agricultural applications.
California's world-class higher education system offers a wide variety of resources and expertise on water-related issues in the state and around the world.