Veteran UCCE soil, water and cotton Advisor, Dan Munk, of Fresno County, hosted a group of sixteen agronomists who work with the international fertilizer company, TKI Crop Vitality, at the long-term NRI Project study site in Five Points, CA on Friday, October 14th as part of a California tour organized by former UCCE Advisor and currently TKI regional agronomist, Steve Vasquez. Munk shared with the group the research history of the NRI study and provided an overview discussion on water issues in California. The group's visit coincided with the 2016 harvest of grain sorghum that was conducted by local Riverdale, CA farmer, Connor McKean of McKean Farms.
Dan Munk (light blue shirt and wide-brimmed hat at left) hosts Steve Vasquez’s TKI Crop Vitality at the long-term NRI Project study site in Five Points, CA
Preliminary findings for the 2016 sorghum crop indicate that there were no statistically significant differences between any of the four tillage and cover crop systems this year with yields being about 6100 lbs or 108 bushels per acre. Following last week's harvest intercrop tillage was conducted in the standard tillage systems ahead of cover crop seeding during the coming week in both the standard and no-till cover cropped systems.
Sorghum grain harvest conducted by Riverdale, CA farmer, Connor McKean, at NRI Project study site on October 14, 2016