Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of California
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources


Coping with Drought on California Rangelands Publication

Announcement reprinted from California Wool Growers' Association newsletter. I was part of the team and it reflects input from Mendocino and Lake County ranchers as well as the rest of the state.   California has experienced five large-scale,...

Posted on Friday, September 16, 2016 at 2:59 PM

California's native fish in steady decline for 50 years

Ted Grantham

California's fresh water fish are in trouble, and not just because of the drought, reported Lori Pottinger in the Viewpoints blog published by the Public Policy Institute of California. Pottinger asked Ted Grantham, UC Cooperative...

Posted on Friday, September 2, 2016 at 11:50 AM

Insecticides May Not Work as Well During the Drought and Other Climate Changes

Spraying of agricultural field in western Australia. (Photo by Christian Nansen)

DAVIS--Systemic insecticides that target insect pests, including potato beetles and diamondback moths, may not work as well during the drought and other climate changes, warns UC Davis agricultural entomologist Christian Nansen. “Weather patterns...

It's NOT Disease, it's Water

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A call from a small grower, surprised at the sudden decline of the avocado trees. It must be a disease was the grower's thought. Well driving up to the site, there were numerous trees with canopies indicating drought stress. In fact most of the trees...

Posted on Friday, August 19, 2016 at 6:45 AM

Hmong farmers getting help from UC Cooperative Extension to weather the drought

Xia Chang works with a Hmong farmer on making changes to energy billing.

After the Central Valley Hmong Agriculture radio show last week, the phones at the UC Cooperative Extension office in Fresno County were buzzing non-stop with farmers anxious to apply for state grants to improve irrigation systems and energy efficiency....

Posted on Monday, July 25, 2016 at 10:44 AM

Irrigation Information Sources


In a recent meeting the topic of where to go for irrigation information came up.  Well there's no substitute for attending a class in irrigation, such as offered at Cal Poly SLO (http://www.itrc.org/classes/iseclass.htm , but here's some...

Posted on Friday, July 15, 2016 at 7:34 AM

Irrigation! Irrigation! Irrigation! What Does that Mean?

avocado irrigation 2

So after five years of drought a grower told me he finally gets it. Farming avocados in Goleta with limited well water and poor quality and expensive, rationed delivery, he has finally cut out trees that were not performing well. ...

Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 7:13 AM

Russell Ranch field day at UC Davis is June 8

A researcher speaks at the 2015 Russell Field Day. (Photo: Agricultural Sustainability Institute)

The Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility, located near the UC Davis campus, will be holding its annual field day June 8 on the theme of "Farm Water Management in Times of Scarcity." Members of the public are encouraged to...

Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 5:54 AM

Fighting drought with soil

Soil is an often overlooked tool to fight drought.

A team of University of California scientists recently received a $1.69 million grant to use several UC agricultural research stations to study an often overlooked tool to fight the drought: soil. The team, led by Samantha Ying, an assistant professor...

Is the drought over?

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Is the drought over? Not by a long shot. My well is at the same level as it was this time last year, so I will continue to conserve water. How do I do that? By growing drought-tolerant, native, Mediterranean-type plants.   I have been...

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