Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation
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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.

Conservation agriculture news

Figure 1 – A comparison of conservation tillage acres, by crop, between 2010 and 2012. Tillage practices continue to change
Posted 10/2/2014 - California's Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation (CASI) Center, in partnership with Sustainable Conservation and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, has prepared its survey of tillage management acreage for 2012. This tillage survey...

Farmers cutting costs by cutting tillage
Posted 10/1/2014 - Recent investigations conducted by UC's Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation (CASI) Center shed light on opportunities farmers have for cutting production costs in their cropping systems by reducing tillage. Founded in 1998, CASI is a large group...

Al Ruozi Pioneering conservation agriculturalist Al Ruozi, 97, retires
Posted 9/4/2014 - Mr. Al Ruozi of Interstate Manufacturing received the Conservation Tillage Workgroup's Award for Industry Innovation in 2005. He has made very significant contributions to conservation tillage in California through his inventions, his vision for a better...

Agricultural tour group from Afghanistan with SJV host, Jesse Sanchez, in Sano Farms tomato farm as part of tour hosted by UCD’s Office of International Programs, June 16 in Firebaugh. CASI farmers and equipment innovators host international visitors
Posted 7/31/2014 - Two CASI farmer members, Darrell Cordova of Denair and Jesse Sanchez of Firebaugh, along with minimum till equipment entrepreneurs Alan Wilcox and Juan Trujillo of Walnut Grove, were recently called upon to provide some local San Joaquin Valley...

Greater efficiencies and brighter economics in California agriculture could be achieved by employing conservation principles. Conservation agriculture applies to California
Posted 7/31/2014 - The belief that an unrivaled record of productivity, deep soils and dry climate mean conservation agriculture doesn't apply in California is “flat wrong,” said Jeff Mitchell, UC Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Plant...

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Conservation agriculture at work

Experimental field in which conservation tillage with and without cover crops are being compared to standard tillage systems.

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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