The goal of the research project is to provide enhanced irrigated pastureland management for higher economic return to ranchers through increased forage production and environmental outcomes such as water use efficiency.
There are 5 pasture locations in Sierra Valley are enrolled in a Northern California study focused on integrated management strategies (including grazing, haying, fertilizer, and water practices) for enhancing agricultural, economic, and environmental outcomes. The project kicked off in the summer of 2017 and end-of-season baseline data on pasture productivity, harvest/utilization, and plant community diversity was collected in October 2017.
This is a multi-year research and extension project in collaboration with more than 20 ranchers and UC Rangelands, and is funded by Western SARE and the California Department of Water Resources.
For more information on the research project click here.
Irrigated pasture exclosure and soil moisture monitoring probes (white circles in bottom left of image) in Sierra Valley.
October 2017 collecting data at irrigated pasture sites in Sierra Valley.