Sierra Foothill REC Blog
Sierra Foothill REC has been collecting and recording rangeland forage production data since 1979. Every year when rangeland forage production values are recorded, explanations as to the results of pounds per acre grown are based on past forage...
This is the new weather station in the Forage Production Plot- taken 3/7/18.
Forage Plot vs. CIMIS Precipitation Data
This is the HOBO micro station, it takes soil temperature and moisture readings, under open sky.
This is the HOBO micro station, it takes soil temperature and moisture readings, under tree canopy.
Soil Sensor Data- Canopy
Soil Sensor Data- Open
Forage Production Table
Forage Production Graph
This growing season the first germination at SFREC occurred on October 14, 2016, slightly earlier than the average germination date October 21. While the germination date was close to average, the germination in pounds of forage per acre for December...
Research Spotlight: Foothills irrigation creates wetlands and sustains them in drought, benefitting birds
After five years, the northern Sierra Nevadas have finally been moved out of the “severe drought” category by the US Drought monitor following a promisingly rainy start to the 2017 water year. This is not only good news for our agricultural...
An unintentional wetland created by irrigation runoff at SFREC (left) and an intentionally created irrigated wetland on Spenceville SWA (right).
Mean percent of wetland surface saturated throughout the drought. “Both” means a wetland received both natural and irrigation water inputs. Error bars are 95% confidence intervals.
Black Rail Presentation
The way rainfall is translated to runoff and streamflow in rivers depends on many complex, interconnected processes in the landscape. Rain falling onto hillslopes, meadows, or forests is either infiltrating into soils or flowing as runoff on the surface...
By separating the water collection by soil horizon, it is easier to determine how pollutants would flow through the ground.