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

Jeff Mitchell, Cropping Systems Specialist Joint USDA NRCS-CDFA Healthy Soils Summit
Posted 9/20/2017 - Joint USDA NRCS-CDFA Healthy Soils Summit CDFA Building Auditorium Sacramento, CA January 11, 2017   Comments provided by Jeff Mitchell Late this past Sunday evening, it suddenly dawned on me that I had been dwelling on and dedicating more...

Video report of one-pass no-tillage cotton seeding and cover crop rolling in Five Points, CA 2017
Posted 8/28/2017 - A short video summary on something new this year down in Five Points, - - our use and application of the DAWN ZRX row unit-mounted cover crop rollers ( ahead of a John Deere 1730 no-tillage...

Presentation Skills Workshop UC ANR Science Communication and Presentation Skills Workshop held at UC KARE August 25th 2017!
Posted 8/28/2017 - A group of UC KARE researchers and UCCE Fresno and Madera County Advisors took part in a two-hour workshop on science communication and presentation skills at the UC KARE on Friday, August 25th.  The group included Phoebe Gordon and Rebecca Ozeran...

West Side REC, Five Points, CA. August 8, 2017. Students showcase CASI’s NRI Project in Five Points as part of CDFA’s State Board of Food and Agriculture soil health tour on August 8th!
Posted 8/14/2017 - Students from UC Davis and CSU Fresno presented summaries of work they're involved with at the long-term NRI Project study site in Five Points, CA as part of a soil health tour stop for CDFA's Board of Food and Agriculture on August 8th.  Anna...

New CASI video available
Posted 7/17/2017 - New CASI video available on "Twenty years of no-tilled double-cropped cotton and wheat in Goodyear, AZ" at   For over twenty years, Ron, Robert, and Earl Rayner of Goodyear, AZ have been perfecting a very interesting...

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Conservation agriculture at work

No-till tomato transplanting directly into cotton crop residue.

Conservation tillage innovators

Michael Crowell - 2011

Michael Crowell - 2011

A 2011 CT Farmer Innovator Award goes to Michael Crowell of Bar Vee Dairy in Turlock, Calif. This award acknowledges the outstanding and pioneering work he has done to develop and expand no-till dairy forage production systems not only at his dairy, but also throughout the Turlock region, and also recognizes the very generous contributions he has made to achieving the goals of California’s Conservation Cropping Systems Workgroup.

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