Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
University of California
Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center

Posts Tagged: Irrigation

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 (6), Wetlands (1)

Irrigated Pasture Forage Production Project

Figure 1: H11-21, Cage B, 4-6 inches treatment on the left and Total Forage Production treatment on the right. Photo credit: Nikolai Schweitzer

The Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center in Browns Valley, CA utilizes 130 acres of summer irrigated pasture for cattle grazing. SFREC's irrigation water is supplied by a local water district via pipelines and open ditch distribution...

Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 11:06 AM
  • Author: Nikolai Schweitzer

Creating Productive Pastures Using Less Water

Putting soil moisture sensors to use

The current water crisis and threat of reduced water supplies has irrigators in a critical position to ensure each application of water is maximized. An ongoing project at the Sierra Foothill Research & Extension Center, led by Larry Forero, UCCE...

Posted on Monday, July 14, 2014 at 1:09 PM
  • Contributors: Madison Easley, Larry Forero and Nikolai Schweitzer
Tags: Drought (14), Irrigation (6), Research (17), Research and Extension Centers (8), UCANR (42), UCCE (19), Water (5)

Canadian Broadcast Company Films at SFREC to Capture how Ranchers Adapt to Drought

CBC films ranchers collaborating about strategies to adapt to drought conditons

Adaptation to changing weather and economic conditions is fundamental to farm and ranch survival but this year's drought is pushing variable adaptation strategies to their limit. The international community is closely watching how this dire situation...

Posted on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 8:28 AM
  • Author: Megan G Osbourn
Tags: Beef Cattle (23), Drought (14), Education (31), Forage Production (16), Future (7), Irrigation (6), Media (2), Natural Resources (11), Outreach (31), Ranchers (30), SFREC (70), UCANR (42), UCCE (19), Water (5)

Learning to become Grass Farmers


The annual California Grazing Academy held at UC SFREC and led by Roger Ingram, Nevada/Placer County UCCE Director and Livestock Advisor was once again a widely attended and engaging event. Over a third of an inch of rain cooled off the 24 participants...


Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 3:54 PM
Tags: Beef Cattle (23), Community (8), Education (31), Forage Production (16), Future (7), Irrigation (6), Natural Resources (11), Outreach (31), Rangeland Management (22), SFREC (70), ucce (19), Workshop (20)

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