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Using Hyperspectral Imaging to Detect Grapevine Water Stress

Drones are being more widely employed for various purposes in the agricultural sector.  The Fresno State Department of Viticulture & Enology is taking things to the next level by measuring grapevine water stress through hyperspectral imaging, using drone-accumulated data to further automate the irrigation process. Watch this brief interview with Luca Brillante and Kaylah Vasquez to learn more, and read …

Anaerobically Digested Dairy Manure to Serve as Liquid Fertilizer for Tomatoes

Researchers at UC Davis have found a new, safe way to treat dairy manure for use as a high quality, organic liquid fertilizer on fresh produce crops.  Watch this interview with Ruihong Zhang from UC Davis as she shares the results of their studies and read more in California Dairy Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor Clean Energy for their industry support.

UCCE Explores Benefits of New Alfalfa Varieties with Reduced Lignin

Watch this brief interview with Dan Putnam from the UC Davis/Cooperative Extension as he shares research on some new alfalfa varieties with reduced lignin available for dairy feed growers and their yield and quality benefits. Read more in California Dairy Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor Clean Energy for their industry support.

Exploring Different Options for On-Farm Groundwater Recharge

While they can’t make it rain, California water districts and farmers are finding creative ways to be a part of the solution to severe drought conditions and subsiding groundwater levels by sinking water back into the earth during the “wet season”.  Watch this brief interview with Chase Hurley from Triangle T Water District as he shares some success stories and …

Land IQ Evaluates CA Pistachio Acreage & Water Supply Reliability

As pistachio acreage continues to increase throughout the state, American Pistachio Growers has commissioned Land IQ to get an aerial perspective of where the industry currently stands with regard to both crop yield and water supply reliability amidst a persisting drought. Watch this brief interview with Joel Kimmelshue from Land IQ as he explains and read more about it in …

Cutting Back on Irrigation in Pistachio without Harming Crop Yield

While pistachios are a relatively drought tolerant crop, growers are naturally concerned about cutting back on irrigation amidst the ongoing drought. Watch this brief interview with UC Cooperative Extension Specialist Giulia Marino as she shares how to appropriately cut back on irrigation without negatively impacting crop yield. Read more in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their …

Is Overwinter Orchard Flooding a Good Option for Groundwater Recharge?

While California farmers are taking more interest in opportunities for on-farm groundwater recharge to mitigate the effects of the drought, some tree nut growers may be hesitant to the idea of flooding their orchards over the winter months, concerned it may have a negative impact on the health of their trees and practices, such as cover cropping. The Almond Board …

Challenges in California’s Organic Dairy Sector

The market for organic milk in California and the United States has seen better days; but over the past year, increased input costs are compounding the challenges for organic dairies in the state. Watch this brief interview with Melissa Lema from Western United Dairies as she explains, and read more about it in California Dairy Magazine. Please thank this video’s …

Starting the Life of a Dairy Calf Right with Colostrum

Enjoy this great throwback video with Ed DePeters from the Animal Science Department at UC Davis as he shares the significance of colostrum for the first few months of life of a dairy calf and successfully managing that for a healthy future. Read more about keeping calves healthy in California Dairy Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor Clean Energy for their industry …

Improving Dairy Animal Welfare Through Genetically Dehorning Cows

While dehorning dairy cattle is performed for their own health and safety, it can be a painful and cumbersome process for both the animal and the dairy producer.   This practice could be a thing of the past though as researchers have been able to successful isolate and modify this gene to breed hornless cattle.  Watch this brief interview with …

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