Articles and Reports
The intent of this handbook is to show what basic practices are effective in reducing erosion and sedimentation and to show how to install these practices.
Soils with low bulk density are generally more suitable for agriculture, since the high pore space has a greater potential to store water and allow roots to grow more readily.
October 3, 2016-March 29, 2019 The North Coast Soil Health Hub is getting its start with a CDFA Specialty Crop Block grant awarded to Mendocino Resource Conservation District to work with grape growers to build a farmer-to- farmer soil health demonstration network....
The composting of winery waste is an alternative to the traditional disposal of residues, and also involves a commitment to reducing the production of waste products.
Nationwide there are efforts to build climate smart communities. While our North Coast Hub has been working to make this website into a robust, information sharing platform, we came across Cornell's effort. The model is very similar to what we are trying to achieve....
Crop Vulnerabilities: frost, drought, flooding, pests, and disease
Modeling tool for estimating green house gases and soil carbon in farm systems
Selected cover crop seed mixes for Napa County vineyards
Long-Term Effects of Cover Crops on Crop Yields, Soil Organic Carbon Stocks and Sequestration
Original article location can be found here. KEVIN MCCALLUM THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | April 23, 2017 Often critiqued for their outsized impact on a changing environment, farmers are actually key to helping California achieve its aggressive conservation and...
Experts talk soil health - Newsletter articles Follow this link to read the collection of newsletter articles related to soil health, that NRCS has published....
DNDC Greenhouse Gas Modeling for California Vineyards by...
A report on the life cycle assessment and carbon footprint of California’s wine industry.
“…MOU between CARCD, CDFA, UC ANR, UC Davis and the Farm Bureau.”-Karen Buhr
LandSmart Template: Identify emissions/reductions of greenhouse gases and soil carbon.
Ongoing field trial testing tilling regimes, and developing a carbon farm plan.
Factsheets on the greenhouse gas benefits of specific NRCS Conservation Practice Standards, and their applicability in vineyards.
The book explores how and why cover crops work and provides a framework for building cover crops into any farming operation. The book covers broader topics such as – crop rotation, managing for pests and weeds, and conservation tillage; while also providing detailed management information for the most commonly used species.
“The Plant Materials Program is an extensive listing of technical publications organized by topics such as Climate Change, Cover Crops and Soil Health, Drought Tolerance, Nutrient Management, and others.” Recommended by Cornell University
A 3-year study … non-irrigated vineyard. Three treatments were compared: soil tillage, permanent resident vegetation, and permanent sown cover crop.
“We demonstrated that the potential of soil management practices to enhance soil functioning is restricted by soil type. “
Viticulture accounts for 10-12% of California agricultural crop land use, and represents the largest allocation of land use for a perennial crop sequestering carbon in California.
The following discussion is intended to help you interpret and understand laboratory soil and water analyses.
Original article location can be found here. DAVIS — On a recent afternoon at UC Davis, Dr. Roger Boulton stepped out of the day’s 90-degree heat and into the cool respite of the Jess J. Jackson Sustainable Winery building on the south end of campus. Once inside,...
From the drought-plagued Valle del Cauca in Colombia to the High Plains of West Texas, farmers are learning to work with the land instead of against it.
Mendocino County is a world leader in certified organically-grown grapes.
Napa Valley is known for its dedication to land stewardship and world-class wines.
Overview of ecological benefits and types of cover crops
LandSmart certified vineyard in the Carneros area, owned by Napa County Resource Conservation District.
This vineyard has been under conservation tillage practices since 1998.
Total organic carbon is a measure of the carbon contained within soil organic matter. Soil organic matter plays a key role in nutrient cycling and can help improve soil structure.
Growers and researchers alike are finding compost and mulch to be indispensable aspects of vineyard floor management programs.
“Farming practices for individual farm families and communities to improve their resilience to climate change. “
This 5-year multidisciplinary study in a low rainfall vineyard evaluated the impact of weed control strategies (cultivation, pre-emergence and post-emergence herbicides) in the vine rows, factorially arranged with three cover-crop treatments in the middles.
Spatial and temporal changes to the water regime of a Mediterranean vineyard due to the adoption of cover cropping
This work shows how cover cropping can spatially and temporally modify the water regime of a vineyard, and how grapevine can partially adapt to limit water competition under certain conditions.
Effects of supplemental carbon management practices in arid system with intensive tillage, and irrigation.
Practices that aid soil erosion, greenhouse gas production, soil biology, weeds and vine management
Vineyard Cover Crops and Tillage Practices USDA ARS
UC study looks specifically at biodynamic farm standards. Researchers say growers are having success under the system. Report assumes 40 acres of red and white varieties.
Find the original article location here. By Bernadette Byrne POSTED: 04/03/17, 11:16 PM PDT •“What You Need to Know to Drive Success in 2017 and Beyond” Thursday, May 11, at Ukiah Valley Conference Center MWI is bringing together some of the sharpest talents in the...
Among one of the many ambitious objectives discussed is that of the development of a national soil health assessment.
http://soilhealthpartnership.org/news-releases.html March 7, 2017 Soil Health Partnership to expand to 100 farm sites for 2017 In large soil health data project, enrolled farmers serve as agents of change in agriculture (ST. LOUIS) March 7, 2017 – This year, 35 more...
Sonoma County is committed to 100% of their vineyards being certified sustainable by 2019.
Overview of ecological benefits and types of cover crops
May 5, 2017
Hopland Research Extension Center
"California farmers are working closely with UC Davis researchers on breeding drought-tolerant crops, reducing tillage and applying cover crops to encourage resilience and using agricultural land to recharge groundwater basins and restore aquifers. Emerging...