SAFS Newsletters


Winter/Spring 2007 - Vol. 7/No. 2



Equipment options: emphasis on reducing energy consumption
(from page 1)

Subsurface drip irrigation, cover crops and conservation tillage effects on greenhouse gas emissions
(from page 3)

New Rotations

Welcome to the Sustainable Agriculture Farming Systems (SAFS) Project, Winter 2007, Vol. 7, No. 2 newsletter. Our fall grower and researcher meetings were exciting and productive. Based on input from farmers, UC Cooperative Extension farm advisors and other members of our research team, we have decided to change our long-term rotations from two to three years, possibly four. The change addresses sustainability issues related to enhancing nitrogen use efficiency and incorporation of reduced tillage practices.

We join the statewide UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP) and the new UC Davis campus Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI) in welcoming Tom Tomich as the new director of both.

Our newsletter is produced in cooperation with SAREP. These articles continue our efforts to provide information on economically and ecologically sustainable agricultural systems research and management practices for California growers.

—Will Horwath, project leader  

SAFS Principal Investigators
Crop Ecology     Louise Jackson,
Crop Production     Steve Temple,
Economics     Karen Klonsky,
Entomology     Frank Zalom,
Hydrology     Wes Wallender,
Nematology     Howard Ferris,
Plant Pathology     Lynn Epstein,
Soil Microbiology     Kate Scow,
Soil Fertility     Will Horwath,
Soil & Water Relations     Jeff Mitchell,
Weed Ecology     Tom Lanini,

SAFS Technical Staff
Research Manager     Z. Kabir,
Crop Production Manager     Dennis Bryant, LTRAS associate director
Principal Agricultural
Technician Supervisor
  Israel Herrera,
Project Technician     Stephanie Ma,

SAFS Technical Advisors
UC Cooperative Extension     Gene Miyao,
Farm Advisors, Yolo &  
Solano counties  
  Kent Brittan,
Jim Durst,; Scott Park,; Frank Muller,; Bruce Rominger,; Ed Sills,; Tony Turkovich,

UC Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program (SAREP) Cooperating Outreach Staff
Publications Editor     Lyra Halprin,
Web Development     James Cannon,

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