Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation
University of California
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.

Conservation agriculture news

CASI’s Diener and Mitchell in UC Berkeley forum on “Resilience and Health of Food Systems in the Face of Drought” Monday, April 13, 2 – 6 PM
Posted 4/6/2015 - Our CASI Center's John Diener, a Five Points, CA farmer and long-term workgroup member, along with Jeff Mitchell of UC Davis, will be participating as panelists on Monday, April 13th, from 2 – 6 PM in the Tampalpais Room of the David Brower Center...

Cover Crop Field Day – March 10th from 9 to 11:30 AM at the USDA NRCS Plant Materials Center in Lockeford, CA
Posted 3/9/2015 -   Dr. Margaret Smither-Kopperl, Director of the USDA NRCS Plant Materials Center in Lockeford, CA, has organized a public field day on cover crops Tuesday, March 10, from 9 to 11:30.   The agenda for this field day is attached.  ...

Audience at Lucero Farms Field Day, February 26, 2015. Cover Crop Mixtures Showcased in Los Banos
Posted 3/2/2015 - With only five years of experience with cover crops under their belts, Danny Ramos and Jonathan Guido of Lucero Farms in Los Banos, have come quite far in terms of learning to manage cover crops to achieve considerable advantage in their processing...

Audio discussion of Agronomy Journal research article
Posted 2/27/2015 - A link to the article published in Agronomy Journal is available below. Also posted here is an audio interview and discussion of this article.  Please use the link below to hear this discussion.    

Map of location: Lucero Farms, Avenue 21 about one mile east of Flanagan Road & 14 miles east of Los Banos, just south of Hwy 152. Invitation to Innovative Cover Cropping Field Educational Event - Thursday, February 26th, 1:00 PM
Posted 2/24/2015 - CASI invites you to take part in a very interesting field educational event this Thursday, February 26th, at one of the fields of Danny Ramos and Jonathan Guido of Lucero Farms just south of Hwy 152 about midway between Los Banos and Chowchilla. ...

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Conservation agriculture at work

John Deere 1560 no-till drill seeding cover crop into cotton residue.

Conservation tillage innovators

Ralph Cesena, Sr. - 2013

Ralph Cesena, Sr. - 2013

The 2013 CT Industry Award recipient is Ralph Cesena, Sr., president of Cesena Distributing of Stockton, Calif.

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