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Soil Management
Assessing Compost Quality for Agriculture
Before you can evaluate the suitability of a compost for a particular application, you need to have an understanding of several compost properties. This publication describes these properties and proposes reasonable limits for five common types of compost

Publication Number:: 8514
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Conservation Tillage and Weed Management
"Conservation tillage" is an approach to soil management that balances the short-term need for a profitable crop with the long-term need for sustainably healthy ground. This publication looks at ways to control weeds while practicing conservation tillage.

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Publication Number:: 8200
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Conservation Tillage Tomato Production in California's San Joaquin Valley
Conservation tillage farming systems protect water and soil resources while still letting the grower produce a commercially viable crop. Less tillage also means less labor and equipment time, and that translates into lower overall production costs.

Publication Number:: 8330
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Creative Cover Cropping for Perennial Farming Systems (DVD)
This program presents a wide array of plant materials and creative management options to enhance performance and promote ecological stability.

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Diagnosing Soil Physical Problems
Plants may grow poorly for many reasons, and many of those may lie underground in the soil. Learn to identify a number of common soil problems so you can seek help to fix them. This is an unaltered scan of the 1976 print edition.

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Drought Tip: Crop Salt Tolerance
Soil salinity is an important stressor affecting irrigated crops; and is often exacerbated during drought. Learn about crop response and tolerance to salinity along with basic steps for monitoring and management.

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Drought Tip: Reclaiming Saline, Sodic, and Saline-Sodic Soils
Salt-affected soils cause poor plant growth, affect crop production, and reduce water use efficiency. The reclamation of salt-affected soils can lead to better water management, water use efficiency, and crop production.

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Drought Tip: Use of Saline Drain Water for Crop Production
This publication considers some of the more recent research related to the use of saline water for irrigation of agricultural crops and describes the management of this water to maintain crop production and acceptable root zone soil salinity.

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Establishing Hedgerows on Farms in California
A hedgerow is a border of trees, shrubs, grasses, forbs, rushes, or sedges that surrounds a farm field and can reduce the effects of wind and water erosion, provide habitat for beneficial insects, and more. Find out if a hedgerow is right for your farm.

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Facts about Serpentine Rock and Soil Containing Asbestos in California
Serpentine and related rocks sometimes contain naturally occurring asbestos (NOA). When these rocks break down into soil, the NOA comes with them, and that creates a health hazard. Learn to recognize serpentine soils and keep health risks to a minimum.

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Organic Soil Amendments and Fertilizers
Organic Soil Amendments and Fertilizers
Addresses the benefits and value of organic matter, and describes several common organic materials. Includes a glossary of important technical and legal terms and concepts.

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Rangeland Monitoring Series: Sediment Delivery Inventory and Monitoring
This easy-to-use worksheet and photographic record method gives any landowner a simple way to monitor streamside erosion and waterway sediment data for use in land management decisions or to demonstrate compliance with water quality standards.

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Rangeland Monitoring Series: Visual Assessment of Riparian Health
Guide to a standardized method for assessing the condition of riparian areas, for landowners, managers, and resource professionals. Color photos.

Publication Number:: 8089
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Reducing Runoff from Irrigated Lands: Erodibility of Agricultural Soils...
Soil erosion is a major cause of water quality degradation. Included is an introduction to the properties of soil that influence its erodibility and an explanation of soil properties that you can manage to minimize erosion.

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Revised Storie Index for Use with Digital Soils Information
Since the 1950s, the Storie Index has been used to rate California soils for land use and productivity. Now UC researchers have developed a revised Storie Index that generates ratings automatically from digital soils data available from USDA.

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Soil Fertility Management for Organic Crops
Organic soil fertility management is guided by the philosophy of “feed the soil to feed the plant.” This basic precept is implemented through a series of practices designed to increase soil organic matter, biological activity, and nutrient availability.

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Soil Management and Soil Quality for Organic Crops
Sustaining and improving soil quality over the long term are frequently identified by organic farmers as their primary management goals.

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Soil Solarization for Gardens and Landscapes: Pest Notes for Home and Garden
Soil solarization is a simple, nonchemical method for controlling soilborne pests. Find out whether and how it can work for you.

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Strip Tillage in California's Central Valley
Strip-tillage, a form of conservation tillage, limits soil disruption to a narrow strip down each planting line, thus helping maintain soil structure and minimize dust. Read about new equipment and techniques, as well as the many benefits of this method.

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Understanding Soil Erosion in Irrigated Agriculture
A soil's physical and chemical properties determine whether it is vulnerable to erosion, which can reduce soil quality and cause other problems besides. Learn the basics of identifying what type of erosion is affecting your land and what's causing it.

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Vegetative Filter Strips for Nonpoint Source Pollution Control in Agriculture
Irrigated orchards, vineyards, and row crops have high erosion rates. The vegetative filter strip (VFS) offers one way to control erosion rates and keep soil in the field rather than letting it be carried off site in drainage water.

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