Jeff Mitchell, a Cropping Systems Cooperative Extension Specialist at the University of California, Davis, has been active in leading the evolution of reduced-disturbance and cover crop systems in the Golden State, an area that has relied heavily on irrigation for the past several decades.
“Our research has shown that the water use of cover crops is not as great as people often think it is there. That's kind of an important thing..…” — Jeff Mitchell
Join us as Jeff discusses:
- The advances that have helped increase the use of reduced-tillage practices on dairy silage ground from about 1% in the early 21st century to 45% today
- How drip tape is reducing reliance on irrigation
- Cover crops and how they help farmers manage water resources
- The importance of cropping diversity on soil health and pathogen management
- How California’s tomato yields have more than doubled since 1980
- And much more!
P.S. There’s lots more great no-till stories and history in Frank Lessiter’s new book, From Maverick to Mainstream: A History of No-Till Farming. Check it out here.
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Intro Music: Adam Selzer - True North
Interlude Music: Alialujah Choir - Little Picture (Instrumental)