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Posts Tagged: Drought

Research Spotlight: Foothills irrigation creates wetlands and sustains them in drought, benefitting birds

An unintentional wetland created by irrigation runoff at SFREC (left) and an intentionally created irrigated wetland on Spenceville SWA (right).

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...

Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 10:42 AM
  • Author: Nathan Van Schmidt
Tags: Birds (1), Black Rail (1), Drought (14), Irrigation (3), Wetlands (1)

Researcher Spotlight: Managing Rangelands for the Bad Times as Well as the Good

Figure 2. Total cover and biomass responses to rainfall and grazing legacy over three years (± SE). Dark squares indicate a legacy of moderate grazing – which created a diverse mix of grass and forb species - and light circles indicate a legacy of low grazing – which shifted the community to only dominant grasses.

Over the last few years Californians have grappled with how to manage lands during times of both drought and plentiful rainfall. At SFREC and on Central Valley rangelands, one question is whether management that promotes high forage in wet years alters...

Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 8:23 AM
  • Author: Lauren Hallett
  • Author: Katharine Suding

Signs of Stress

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Summer “drought” is a fact of life in the Sierra Foothills. Our Mediterranean climate is characterized by cool and (hopefully) wet winters and hot, dry summers.  While the higher elevations in the Sierra Nevada often receive summer...

Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 10:52 AM
Tags: Beef Cattle (7), Drought (14), Oak Woodland (1), Ranchers (10), Rangeland Management (7), SFREC (8), UCANR (10)

Coping with Drought at SFREC

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At the Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center in Browns Valley, our mission is to foster and support research, education and outreach programs focused on key agricultural and natural resource themes relevant to the Sierra...

Posted on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 7:18 AM
Tags: Beef Cattle (7), Drought (14), Forage Production (7), Ranchers (10), Rangeland Management (7), UCANR (10), UCCE (6)

Research Spotlight: Rangeland Production in Variable Climates

Rain-out shelters

SFREC visitors often notice and comment on the large "hoop house" structures that sit in a pasture just North of our headquarters. When precipitation is in the forecast, our staff works closely with the researchers associated with this...

Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 9:22 AM

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