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Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation

View the CASI six-part documentary

The video above is the first episode of a six-part documentary series from Conservation Agriculture Cropping Systems Innovation (CASI). In the videos, farmers, UC researchers and industry leaders explain how no-till and minimum-till agriculture, and overhead precision irrigation, can lead to higher irrigation efficiency, increased profitability and greater resource conservation. Find links to all segments at the table of contents.

 

Managing Soil Health for Sustainable Agriculture

 

“Managing soil health for sustainable agriculture covers virtually the entire range of soil health topics. Dr Don Reicosky, himself an internationally distinguished soil scientist, has assembled an impressive roster of chapter authors. Each is a world-class specialist in the topic of the chapter. This collection of diverse chapters by highly respected authors promises to be a most interesting read

• Puts soil health in the broader context of ecosystem services, conservation and climate change

• Summarises current research on soil structure and composition

• Reviews latest developments in understanding nutrient and other cycles in soil

 

Conservation agriculture news

Veteran UC Cooperative Extension Advisor, Dan Munk, of Fresno County, leading discussion of mid-season cotton crop and water management, at the July 24th public field day at Pikalok Farms in Mendota, CA. CASI's Munk and Mitchell talk crop and soil management with Sustainable Cotton group in Mendota, CA, July 24, 2018!
Posted 7/30/2018 - CASI's Dan Munk, UC Advisor in Fresno County, and Jeff Mitchell, Cropping Systems Specialist out of the Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis, shared knowledge and experience that they've developed over the years with a highly engaged and interactive...

UC ANR Vice President Glenda Humiston (left), Fresno County Advisor and CASI member Dan Munk (center), and ANR Associate Vice President, Wendy Powers (right) CASI receives 2018 Award of Excellence from the Western Extension Directors Association!
Posted 7/11/2018 - July 10, 2018  The Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation (CASI) Center received this year's Award of Excellence from the Western Extension Directors Association (WEDA).  CASI's Dan Munk received the recognition on behalf of our Center on...

(L to R) Rob Roy, Allen Curry, Geoff Koch, Dan Munk NRCS Mississippi soil scientist, Allen Curry, visits NRI Project with CASI's Roy, Munk, Koch and Mitchell!
Posted 7/3/2018 - June 27, 2018 The NRCS Soil Scientist for Mississippi, Allen Curry, who is on a two-month detail visiting the Fresno Area Office with Area Agronomist and long-time CASI Workgroup member, Rob Roy, visited the CASI NRI Project in Five Points, CA and...

Alan Wilcox, left, and Jeff Mitchell debate the challenges and opportunities for conservation tillage. Debating California Tillage
Posted 6/14/2018 - UC ANR scientist debates conservation tillage practices with industry leader Alan Wilcox of Wilcox Agri-Products and UC Cooperative Extension specialist Jeff Mitchell debated the challenges and opportunities for increased implementation of...

Interactive display materials for Tulare County 4th graders as part of the 2018 AgVentures! Field Day. CASI holds outreach soil health presentations to Tulare County fourth-graders!
Posted 5/14/2018 - May 11, 2018 In what might be the sixth or seventh year in a row, CASI's Jeff Mitchell participated in the annual AgVentures! educational event for several Tulare County public schools fourth-grader classes on May 11, 2018 at the International Ag...

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No-till tomato transplanting into cotton residues

Conservation tillage innovators

Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser - 2017

Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser - 2017

Kaisers of Singing Frogs Farm in Sebastopol, CA recognized as CASI 2017 Farmer Innovators!

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