23 years of data collection and counting

Our goal is to collect and analyze data on Mediterranean agricultural systems for 100 years.

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About Russell Ranch

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The Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility is a unique 300-acre facility near the UC Davis campus dedicated to investigating irrigated and dry-land agriculture in a Mediterranean climate. It’s also a unit of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI).

The Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility is a unique 300-acre facility near the UC Davis campus dedicated to investigating irrigated and dry-land agriculture in a Mediterranean climate. It’s also a unit of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI).

Among Russell Ranch’s ongoing experiments is a 100-year study referred to as the Century Experiment (formerly known as LTRAS-Long Term Research on Agricultural Sustainability), which is comprised of 72 one-acre plots. We measure the long-term impacts of crop rotation, farming systems (conventional, organic and mixed) and inputs of water, nitrogen, carbon and other elements on agricultural sustainability. Sustainability is indicated by long-term trends in yield, profitability, resource-use efficiency (such as water or energy) and environmental impacts.

We have monitored changes in crop and soil properties, greenhouse gas emissions, weed ecology and economic indicators since 1993. Russell Ranch is primarily a research facility and also supports UC Davis' extension and teaching missions by hosting field days, class field trips, undergraduate interns and graduate student research.

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Groundwater: The Crucial Challenge

Russell Ranch Director Kate Scow and fellow UC Davis faculty Thomas Harter, Helen Dahlke, and Toby O'Geen weigh in on the importance of measuring, managing, and protecting our precious groundwater resources.

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What's Happening on Russell Ranch?

Russell Ranch's tomato harvest is complete!

Every year, Russell Ranch's tomatoes are harvested and distributed through a number of channels.  Some tomatoes are sold to a canning facility in the area, some are dried and packaged for sale at the UC Davis bookstore, and some are sent to UC Davis Dining Services to be turned into tomato sauce for our students to enjoy year round. Watch the video for a sneak peak at the sauce-making process. 

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One Shields Drive
UC Davis
Davis, CA
95616


(530) 752-3915