Research Update: Implementing Practices to Reduce Nitrous Oxide Emissions from Agricultural Soils

Project Title: N2O emissions under different on-farm irrigation and nutrient management BMPs that reduce groundwater nitrate loading and applied water Project Leader: Arlene Haffa, School of Natural Sciences, California State University, Monterey Bay Location: Central Coast Focus Crops: Strawberry, Lettuce, Broccoli Overview: The primary goal of this project is to develop a better understanding of […]

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Nitrogen Management Update Meeting, Oct. 13, 2018

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) has teamed up with the California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) and the Western Region Certified Crop Adviser Board (WRCCA) to host a nitrogen management update meeting on October 13, 2018, open to all agricultural professionals. The meeting will be […]

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2018 FREP Grant Cycle, Phase II

In this year’s competitive grant process, twelve project leaders were invited to submit full proposals. The proposals, listed below, are now under review by experts in the field and the Fertilizer Research and Education Program’s Technical Advisory Subcommittee (TASC). Proposals are evaluated based on scientific merit, applicability to California agriculture, and the potential for impact […]

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Biochar Field Day Recap

On June 6, 2018, FREP teamed up with the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources and the Agricultural Sustainability Institute of the University of California, Davis, to host a Biochar Field Day. The event brought together over 100 stakeholders from industry, academia and government to discuss and learn about past and ongoing research with […]

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Event: Walnut Nitrogen and Irrigation Management Field Day

This field day will demonstrate the results of a FREP-funded study on evaluating the benefits of nitrogen management practices in walnuts. The objective of the study was to understand how split fertilizer applications affect nitrate movement below the root zone. This study also sought to quantify the benefits of efficient nitrogen management practices, including potential […]

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Event: Biochar Field Day

What: The use of biochar in agriculture is a topic that has been generating interest across California. New products are being developed for agricultural applications, and new research on the effects of biochar in cropping systems is underway at many universities. The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) […]

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Research Update: Improving Nitrate and Salinity Management in Almonds

Project Title: “Improving nitrate and salinity management strategies for almonds grown under micro-irrigation” Project Leaders: Patrick Brown (Professor) and Daniela Reineke (PhD student), Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis Location: Statewide Overview: The primary goal of this project is to develop best management practices that allow California almond growers with micro-irrigation, to effectively […]

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