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

Two guys in a corn field. California Farmers Host FAO Visitors
Posted 8/3/2015 - San Joaquin Valley farmers, Scott Schmidt of Five Points, Darrell Cordova of Denair, and Michael Crowell of Turlock, along with UCCE Stanislaus County Advisor, Marsha Campbell-Mathews hosted Eric Kueneman and Dirk Lange, both formerly international...

Pivot irrigation in a tomato field near Walnut Grove CASI partners work on center pivot-irrigated tomatoes in Walnut Grove, CA
Posted 7/27/2015 - A group of CASI partners has been working with Walnut Grove, CA tomato farmer, Michael Boparai, this summer on his efforts to produce processing tomatoes using an automated, precision-application center pivot irrigation system. Boparai is a new tomato...

July 16, 2015.  Field Meeting in Five Points. UC Davis hosts Rain for Rent and Reinke Mfg at Center Pivot Field in Five Points
Posted 7/20/2015 - UC Davis Horticulture and Agronomy graduate student, Gerardo van den Hoek, hosted a group of irrigation technology suppliers from Rain For Rent (San Joaquin, CA) and Reinke Mfg. (Deshler, NE) at the field site where he is conducting the second year of...

Fresh market onions growing under overhead mechanized irrigation in Five Points, CA. Enhanced irrigation and crop management technologies developed in Five Points, Calif.
Posted 6/30/2015 - The Issue The need to produce more food, feed, fiber, and fuel with less water now looms as perhaps the greatest challenge ever faced by farmers worldwide. Our ability to meet this challenge may well determine not only our overall quality of life, but...

Jeff Mitchell, John Diener and Renata Brillinger head panel discussion of farming practices related to drought.  Photo by Jonathan Fong. CASI’s Diener and Mitchell, and CalCAN’s Renata Brillinger on Drought Resilience Panel at the Berkeley Food Institute
Posted 5/11/2015 -       CASI members, John Diener and Jeff Mitchell, both of Five Points, CA, and Renata Brillinger of CalCAN, were part of a panel that discussed farming practices to reduce risks tied to drought that was put on by the Berkeley Food...

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Conservation agriculture at work

No-till cotton growing in wheat stubble.

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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