Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation
University of California
Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation

Video library

Increasing soil health through biodiversity
(2 hours, 4 minutes)
The UC Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation program (CASI) invited nationally known proponents of soil health to share their experiences and knowledge about soil-supporting practices. Brendon Rockey of Rockey Farms in Center, Colo., talks about practices for which he has coined the term “biotic farming systems.” Jay Fuhrer, district conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services, Bismark, N.D., addresses soil health.

High-Residue Farming Under Irrigation in Washington State
Andy McGuire, educator with Washington State University based in Moses Lake, Wash., has been working with Central Washington farmers to develop successful high-residue systems for a variety of the region’s diverse irrigated crops. He has found that there tends to be no single factor motivating farmers to adopt high residue production techniques, but rather a suite of reasons that combine to influence crop management decisions.
Strip Till Does Work
Mike Petersen, precision tillage agronomist with Orthman Mfg. and former USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Area soil conservationist for the 18 northeastern counties of Colorado, presents an extensive research base demonstrating advantages of precise fertilizer placement at two depths below the seed, leading not only to increased early season root growth, but also grain yield for strip-till corn versus conventionally tilled corn.
What's Your Problem?
Dwayne Beck, manager of the South Dakota State University manager of the Dakota Lakes Research Farm, and his farmer colleagues developed a no-till, high residue systems that resulted in reduced soil water evaporation, far greater cropping diversification and intensification, considerably lower pesticide inputs, and increased net farm income.
Conservation Tillage in California
48 minutes
An overview on the use of conservation tillage practices in California agriculture.
Conservation Tillage: South Dakota Lessons for California
30 minutes
The conservation tillage lessons California farmers can take from producers in South Dakota - where no-till production is used on 95 percent of cropland.
Dairy silage production tour
53 minutes
A video overview of the San Joaquin Valley dairy silage conservation tillage production tour in June 2010.
Radio interview with Dr. Johan Six
56 minutes
Madera County organic farmer Tom Willey interviews UC Davis plant science professor Johan Six on his monthly radio program "Down on the Farm," broadcast on KFCF Free Speech Radio for the Central Valley on Sept. 3, 2010. The program covers carbon, no-till production, greenhouse gas emission mitigation and soil quality improvement.
History of tillage in the San Joaquin Valley
56 minutes
Willey interviews USDA Agricultural Research Service agricultural engineer Lyle Carter on KFCF's "Down on the Farm" April 2010 radio program.
The Valley Today - Rainmakers I
30 minutes
Bob Harris hosts the KAIL-TV program "The Valley Today." In the first segment, he interviews UC Davis Cooperative Extension cropping systems specialist Jeff Mitchell about conservation tillage research underway at the West Side Research and Extension Center near Five Points, Calif. In the second half of the program, Harris interviews irrigation consultant Jerry Rossiter about overhead irrigation.
The Valley Today - Rainmakers II
30 minutes
In this segment, Bob Harris interviews west side farmers John Diener and Scott Schmidt about overhead irrigation systems. Other guests are Harold Hughes of Reinke Manufacturing and Dan Schueler of Senniger Irrigation.

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