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Management of Specific Crops
VRIC's mission is to foster appropriate research, collect and disseminate information relevant to consumers, growers and processors in the California vegetable industry and to continue its role as a leader and nationally-recognized source of research and information in support of the vegetable industry.
The aim of the page is to aid the coordination and dissemination of University of California research-based information, accomplishments, and statewide research and extension activities related to fruit and nut crops.
The site contains links to web pages with information about the management of specific crops as well as contact information of people associated with the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis.
The site contains some information about rangeland in California. Currently little information about nutrient management is available.
On this website, users find publications, video seminars, and useful links on relevant topics from research by the University of California. The website is designed and maintained by the University of California Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources (ANR). The goal of the webpage is to increase accessibility to the work of UC researchers - including faculty, Cooperative Extension specialists, CE advisors, and staff - ensuring a beneficial and productive collaboration in research and extension to the public.
A collection of links to sites and publications focusing on grapevine nutrition.
A collection of links to research reports about nutrient management. The information is searachable by crop and topic.
Site Specific Nutrient Management Models
Based on the research by Patrick Brown, UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences, the California Almond Board has developed a free, easy-to-use online tool that calculates nitrogen fertilizer needs throughout the season. The calculator takes into consideration yield estimates, leaf sampling results and nitrogen that comes from other sources.
This model calculates the N requirement for pistachio production based upon the yield history, current conditions and previous N applications. This model can be used to calculate both timing and rate of fertilizer application required to maintain optimum yield. Potassium fertilizer recommendations are based only upon the yield history and leaf K levels.
CropManage is an online database-driven tool that assists growers and farm managers in determining water and nitrogen fertilizer applications on a field-by-field basis. The software automates steps required to calculate crop water needs from CIMIS ET data, and estimates fertilizer N needs for lettuce using quick N test data and models of crop N uptake. The web application also helps growers track irrigation schedules and N fertilizer applications on multiple fields and allows users from the same farming operations to view and share data. The software was developed by UC Cooperative Extension specialists and is free to use.
This online application calculates the P balance of rice fields as the difference between the amount of fertilizer P applied and what is removed by the crop. The application provides guidelines on the need for P applications taking yield levels and soil P tests into account.
Nutrient Removal with Harvested Crops
Nitrogen concentrations in harvested plant parts. A literature overview for crops grown in California's Central Valley
The report is a literature overview of nitrogen concentrations found in harvested plant parts of crops. The report assesses the relevance of the data for the Central Valley and discusses the factors affecting nitrogen concentrations in harvested plant parts.
This tool, developed by the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI), provides crop nutrient removal estimates for a broad, and continually expanding, list of field crops. Results are calculated based on user-selected yield goals and can be displayed in either metric or US/Imperial units. Compatible with all computer and mobile devices.
The tool calculates the approximate amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium that is removed by the harvest of agricultural crops.
Irrigation, Water Use
A collection of presentations and publications about irrigation management by Larry Schwankl, University of California Cooperative Extension specialist.
The WATERIGHT site was developed by the Center for Irrigation Technology at California State University, Fresno with significant support from the US Bureau of Reclamation. WATERIGHT is designed to be a multi-function, educational resource for irrigation water management. The site is designed for three audiences: homeowners, commercial turf growers, and agriculture.
The California Irrigation Management Information System (CIMIS) is a program in the Office of Water Use Efficiency (OWUE), California Department of Water Resources (DWR) that manages a network of over 120 automated weather stations in the state of California. CIMIS was developed in 1982 by the California Department of Water Resource and the University of California at Davis to assist California's irrigators manage their water resources efficiently.
The California Institute for Water Resources develops and supports water-related research, education, and outreach across the state and beyond. The institute brings together local, state, and federal communities to identify issues and sources of political and financial support for solutions-oriented water research and outreach.
Find information about methods to improve or protect soil. Topics include water conservation and water-saving irrigation techniques.
Nutrient Source Specifics are one-page fact sheets highlighting various fertilizers and nutrient sources. Information about the production, agricultural use, management practices, and chemical properties of common fertilizer materials is included. Written by International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) scientific staff, these items are primarily for educational use by a non-technical audience.
This site contains technical information on dairy manure nutrient management intended to help Certified Crop Advisers who are serving dairy farmers in the Central Valley of California. Maintained by Stuart Pettygrove, University of California Cooperative Extension specialist.
The site contains the latest practical information and easy to use tools for manure nutrient management. The site is primarily authored by Marsha Campbell Mathews, University of California Cooperative Extension Agronomy Farm Advisor in Stanislaus County.
The cover crop database by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP) at UC Davis contains descriptions of more than 40 different cover crop species. The information provided includes climate and soil requirements, management practices, uses and other topics.
This Oregon State University page provides information about cover crops and organic fertilizers, including a free calculator to compare the nutrient value and cost of cover crops, organic and synthetic fertilizers and compost.
The Cover Crop Topic Room is an organized collection of educational materials developed out of decades of cover crop research funded by the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) grants and education program.
The book 'Managing Cover Crops Profitably' explores how and why cover crops work and provides all the information needed to build cover crops into any farming operation.
Site Specific Soil Information
Explore mapped soil survey areas using an interactive Google map and view detailed information about map units and their components. This app runs in your web browser and is compatible with desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones.
Web Soil Survey (WSS) provides soil data and information produced by the National Cooperative Soil Survey. It is operated by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and provides access to the largest natural resource information system in the world. NRCS has soil maps and data available online for more than 95 percent of the nation's counties and anticipates having 100 percent in the near future.
The California Nitrogen Assessment (CNA) is the first comprehensive account of nitrogen flows, practices, and policies for California, encompassing all nitrogen flows - not just those associated with agriculture - and their impacts on ecosystem services and human wellbeing.
This series of fact sheets, written by International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) staff, covers the major nitrogen fertilizer transformations that occur in crop production.
Nitrate in Groundwater
The Nitrate Groundwater Pollution Hazard Index was developed to provide information to farmers interested in voluntary management practices that reduce nitrogen contamination potential in groundwater. The index works with an overlay of soil, crop, and irrigation information. Based on these three components, an overall potential hazard number is assigned and management practices are suggested where necessary.
The UCCE Groundwater Hydrology Program provides educational, scientific, and technical support on current and emerging groundwater resources and groundwater quality issues in rural areas of California.
The State Water Board's mission is to preserve, enhance and restore the quality of California's water resources, and ensure their proper allocation and efficient use for the benefit of present and future generations.
Water Quality Coalitions
This site by the State Water Board contains a map and list of Water Quality Coalitions.
Grassland Drainage Area Coalition
The Southern San Joaquin Valley Management Practices Evaluation Program Committee includes the following seven irrigated agricultural water quality coalitions in California's central Valley, generally located between Fresno and Bakersfield: Buena Vista Coalition, Cawelo Water District Coalition, Kaweah Basin Water Quality Association, Kern River Watershed Coalition, Kings River Water Quality Coalition, Tule Basin Water Quality Coalition, West Side Water Quality Coalition.
California Agriculture is a peer-reviewed journal reporting research, reviews and news from the University of California and its Agriculture and Natural Resources division. The authors are primarily, but not exclusively, faculty from the University of California. It is currently published quarterly.
The mission of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI) is to ensure access to healthy food and to promote the vitality of agriculture today and for future generations. This is done through integrative research, education, communication and early action on big, emerging issues. ASI provides a hub that links initiatives and education in sustainable agriculture and food systems across all divisions of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis, across the University of California, and with other partners across the State of California.
Find the latest news about US agriculture and links to all agencies and offices within USDA.
Find information about methods to improve or protect soil. Topics include soil quality and testing, nutrient management, cover crops, compost, and conservation tillage.
The International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) is a not-for-profit, science-based organization dedicated to the responsible management of plant nutrition for the benefit of the human family. Companies that are basic producers of one or more of the major plant nutrients (nitrogen, phosphate, potash, and sulfur) for agricultural purposes are the members of IPNI. As a global organization, IPNI has initiatives addressing the world's growing need for food, fuel, fiber, and feed.