Tools and Resources
Water and Drought Management Resources and Experts
Whether in times of plenty or during 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 topics ranging from drought resistant crops to snow sensors to climate change. Visit our drought and water pages for experts and informational resources. We've recently created resources on water and COVID-19 as well.
California Secretary of Agriculture Karen Ross and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources vice president Glenda Humiston signed a memorandum of understanding in to begin a new partnership advancing climate-smart agriculture in California. This partnership provides $1.1 million for 10 UC Cooperative Extension community education specialists who are deployed to counties across the state. Read more about the program and find your county Technical Assistance Provider today.
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. In addition, we have developed a science-based publication series that captures the fundamentals of the course materials.
Nitrate Groundwater Pollution Hazard Index
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: Online Irrigation Scheduling
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 Academic Water Programs
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.