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Related ATTRA publication: Saline and Sodic Soils: Identification, Mitigation, and Management Considerations USDA Agriculture Research Service studies show that when salty groundwater is used to irrigate almond orchards, production can be significantly reduced and the damage to trees can last for years. Declining groundwater levels in California have led some producers to irrigate with lower-quality, saltier water. This can lead to production losses of 30%. Becoming more efficient with irrigation saves water, but can have the effect of concentrating salts at the base of trees, where they can cause surprisingly lasting damage....

Related ATTRA video: Cover Cropping an Almond Orchard University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources researchers and their collaborators conducted a multi-year study on how cover crops in almond orchards and tomato fields affected groundwater recharge. The studies revealed that cover crop water use was negligible, and at season's end, soil moisture in cover-cropped fields was equal to that in clean cultivated fields. The living covers helped offset moisture losses from evapotranspiration, leading researchers to conclude that cover crops could be used for their multiple environmental benefits without impairing groundwater recharge. These findings can inform groundwater planning in California....

I had been looking forward to a visit to the Burroughs Family Farms with university extension and beginning farmers alike, to learn from this multigenerational farm family about how they integrate raising pastured laying hens with their certified organic farm enterprises. With a decade of experience with poultry, they are refining their practices by moving coops through their pastures and orchards to build soil health and fertility while producing nutrient-dense eggs. Every season brings new learning opportunities.
By Ann Baier, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist...

Burroughs Family Farm Videos Playlist Burroughs Family Farm raises pastured poultry together with other enterprises on their multigenerational, diversified, organic regenerative farm in Merced County, California. Rose Marie “Rosie” Burroughs interviews three generations of family members about daily care of laying hens, organic certification, livestock guardian dogs, fencing, integration of poultry with other enterprises, and mobile henhouse construction. Playlist Videos: Introducing Burroughs Family Farms, an Organic, Regenerative Multi-Generational Farm Burroughs Family Farms: Daily Care of Pastured Poultry Burroughs Family Farms: Organic Certification of Laying Hens Burroughs Family Farms: Livestock Guardian Dogs for Poultry and Sheep Burroughs Family Farms: Fencing for Poultry, Sheep, and Cattle Burroughs Family Farms:...

With support from the USDA, NCAT Agriculture Specialists Marisa Alcorta and Rex Dufour have helped Spanish-speaking farmers in California's Central Valley experiment with cover crops to improve soil quality and provide habitat for beneficial insects and pollinators. This video documents Elias Cosio, an almond grower from near Modesto who has been collaborating with NCAT and NRCS as he plants the first cover crop in his orchard...