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Drought Tips
Drought Irrigation Strategies for Alfalfa
Alfalfa is California's largest user of agricultural water, with about 1 million acres in production most years. When there's not enough water around, it can hit alfalfa growers hard. Here are some strategies that will help you weather a drought.

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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: Drought Management for California Almonds
Almond trees have a great tolerance to drought conditions. Of course, that only covers tree survival. It's different for the nut crop, which may fall very low when available water is in short supply. Learn to make the best of what water IS available.

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Drought Tip: Drought Strategies for Alfalfa
Drought conditions require a whole new approach to crop production, and that includes alfalfa. Learn how to keep alfalfa crop losses to a minimum under a limited-water regime.

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Drought Tip: Drought Strategies for Beef Cattle Culling
Removing animals from the herd is the most direct method of reducing forage consumption on drought-stricken rangeland. Strategic culling requires the ability to navigate the current year’s challenges while considering steps to rebuild for the future.

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Drought Tip: Drought Strategies for California Prune Production
Here you'll find information that you can use to make the most effective irrigation decisions for using the water you have in your prune orchard. Included is a wide range of water supply availabilities, from no shortage to severe shortages.

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Drought Tip: Drought Strategies for California Walnut Production
Water curtailments at any growth stage affect walnut crop productivity and quality. Here you'll learn about tree and walnut development stages and corresponding water use, along with related impacts of water deprivation.

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Drought Tip: Drought Strategies for Feeding Cattle Grazing Annual Grassland
Drought leads to predictable lack of forage production on rangelands leaving two possible management scenarios: sell to reduce forage demand, or supplement feeding. This publication is designed to help producers weigh options available to prevent complete

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Drought Tip: Fog Contribution to Crop Water Use
As fog passes through a crop, some of the water is intercepted by and coats the plant, much like light rainfall. This publication will show you how to make an estimate fog contribution to crop water use using daily evapotransipration data.

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Drought Tip: Irrigating Citrus with Limited Water
As an evergreen in California’s Mediterranean climate, with wet winters and dry summers, citrus requires some water all year long. Proper irrigation system design, installation, maintenance and scheduling can help citrus orchards continue production duri

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Drought Tip: Keeping Plants Alive under Drought or Water Restrictions
This publication provides information on how to keep outdoor plantings alive during drought or water restrictions. Topics covered include symptoms of water stress, tips to conserve water in your landscape, methods to help specific plants survive drought,

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Drought Tip: Managing Irrigated Corn during Drought
Not every crop responds to water deficiency in the same way; for corn, even small water deficits reduce productivity. This drought tip will help California growers of corn calculate the amount of water their crop requires under various conditions.

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Drought Tip: Managing Irrigated Pasture during Drought
Irrigated perennial pastures are important in drought when annual rangeland productivity is compromised. Learn how to manage your pasture during drought by selecting the right kind of grass and by using management practices that can enhance survival.

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Drought Tip: Managing Salts by Leaching
Accumulated salts can damage crops if they are not leached below the root zone. Leaching is one beneficial technique for removing salts, but only if the soil has adequate drainage. This publication provides an overview for managing salts by leaching.

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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: Supplemental Feeds for Cattle Operations during Drought
This publication discusses the variety of supplemental feeds available to California ranchers and will help you make decisions for your cattle operation, depending on your budget and the nutrient needs of you cattle.

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Drought Tip: Use of Graywater in Urban Landscapes in California
Have you thought about using a greywater syteem in your landscape during the drought? Here you'll learn what graywater is, the basics of laundry-to-landscape systems, and the benefits and risks of graywater systems to humans, other animals, and plants.

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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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Drought Tip: Use of Shallow Groundwater for Crop Production
In drought times, it can't be "irrigation as usual." Depending on your crop and soil structure, shallow groundwater (any water within the first 6 feet or so of soil depth) can make a significant contribution to crop production and farm survival.

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Drought Tip: Use of Treated Wastewater for Crop Production
The use of treated and recycled water in landscaping and agriculture has been affected by adverse public perception. Learn about the considerations and concerns around the use of reclaimed water as well as recommendations for growers.

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Drought Tip: Water Quality Guidelines for Vegetable and Row Crops
Salinity can have a detrimental impact on irrigated crops which can be exacerbated under drought conditions. This publication provides salt tolerance guidelines for a variety of vegetable and row crops, based on the long-term use of the given water quali

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Rangeland Management Series: Livestock Management During Drought
When drought conditions reduce the supply of forage feed, ranchers have to allocate the available feed where it will do the herd the most good. This publication gives you a scientific basis for making that decision.

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