UC ANR Drought Management Tips: Alfalfa

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Drought ManagementBecause periodic droughts will always be a part of life in California, the UC California Institute for Water Resources (CIWR) produced a series of videos to maintain drought awareness and planning, even in years when water is more abundant.

The videos are inspired by a collection of 19 drought management tips produced by CIWR in collaboration with UC Agriculture and Natural Resources researchers during the drought of 2010-16. The tips cover a broad spectrum of California crops, from alfalfa to walnuts. Topics also include salt management, use of greywater in urban landscapes, and the use of shallow groundwater for crop production.

The drought tips collection and the drought tip videos were sponsored by the California Department of Water Resources.

Drought strategies for alfalfa

The CIWR drought tip series opens with Cannon Michael of Bowles Farming in Los Banos. The alfalfa grower works with UCCE specialist Dan Putnam. “There’s a lot of misunderstanding about alfalfa as a crop,” Michael said. “It does take water to grow it, as with anything, but you get multiple harvests of it every year.”

Subsequent videos will be launched March 2 and April 6.

For a complete list of drought tips, see http://ucanr.edu/drought-tips.