Soil science and management
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).
For many years, a key international strategy to ending hunger has been to grow more food: push for higher yields, develop ways for farmers to intensify their farming, focus on technologies that drive both. But that focus may be shifting towards another strategy that better accounts for the environment and human well-being – agroecology.
The amount of carbon inputs and resulting carbon sequestration in the main plots at Russell Ranch is closedly monitored. This information will hopefully allow Russell Ranch to identify ways of sequestering carbon and delivering carbon credit payments to farmers who adopt conservation practices.
This database is a valuable resource for growers, researchers, agricultural extension workers, students and anyone interested in in-depth information on common cover crop species.
SAREP Solution Centers use new communication and engagement methods to provide information for decision support to farmers, ranchers and communities across California, and a variety of outreach partners, including UC advisors and specialists.
As part of the Student Farm’s sustainable agricultural practices compost is used to maintain and improve the soil and enhance its fertility and to recycle nutrients within our systems. The Student Farm manages a number of different composting systems that provide diverse learning opportunities for students.
Many of the most pressing environmental and economic sustainability challenges faced by California agriculture in the 21st century stem directly from the dynamics of nutrient flows and water use on our farms.