Drones help rice farmers hone fertilizer application and reduce crop fungal diseases

University of California rice researchers are exploring a more precise way of deciding whether the crop would benefit from a side-dress nitrogen fertilizer application, using drone-mounted cameras. Hand-held Greenseeker-normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) readings have already replaced color charts as a research tool for in-season fertilizer decisions, but drone photos of the normalized difference red…

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Weed Management in Specialty Crop Production (video #7 of 26)

Competition from weeds can result in yield losses in California’s specialty crop systems. Weeds can also harbor pests and diseases. Weed management is an important component of vegetable production systems to maintain sustainability. Weed specialist Steve Fennimore (Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis, and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources) is featured in this video, and…

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Russell Ranch Field Day – Kernza, Corn, and Small Grains (amongst many other topics)

“More than Yield: Exploring the Full Potential of Our Agroecosystems” was the theme at Russell Ranch Field Day on June 12. Field tours included three topic areas: Soil Structure, Carbon, and Microbes Management and Cropping for Resilience Irrigation, Nutrient Retention, and Disease In addition to field tours, there were a number of flash talks (in…

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Processing Tomato Production (video #3 of 26)

Processing tomato production in California is a major success story with wide-ranging advances in production technologies that have been achieved through innovation in genetics, management, and mechanization during the past century. Advances such as the development of hybrid tomato varieties suitable for mechanical harvest and with uniform ripening, the mechanical harvester, and the widespread introduction…

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Urban Agriculture — Video #1 in Series of 26 Vegetable Production Videos

Urban agriculture is proliferating across the state of California on both public and private lands, taking the form of school, community, church and backyard gardens, vertical and rooftop farms, for-profit and non-profit enterprises, as well as a whole suite of other food production methods. These urban farms are transforming the landscape of food production, helping…

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New Video Series to Spark Interest in Vegetable Production of the Future

A 26-episode weekly video series will debut Monday, May 13, 2019, on YouTube to help train the next generation of vegetable crop workers and increase their use of effective stewardship practices in vegetable production. Projections for near-future retirements of people working in California’s agricultural production, marketing and postharvest handling sectors indicate severe re-staffing needs in the coming…

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