The UC Cooperative Extension has launched a conservation tillage website for farmers and ranchers.
The site, http://ucanr.org/ct, will help farmers investigate cropping management systems that have been shown in research and in practice to increase profits, reduce dust, conserve water and segregate carbon on the farm.
About 2 percent of California farmland is managed under conservation tillage techniques. The rest continues to be managed with systems that have changed very little since irrigation and cropping intensification began in the region more than 65 years ago.
The new website is designed to arm farmers with information that will help them set aside the common conventional practices of annual plowing, disking, ripping and chiseling.
For more information, go online to http://ucanr.org/ct or call (559) 241-7514.
-- Carol Reiter