Agronomic Cropping Systems/Nutrient Management
My name is Nicholas Clark, and I'm the Agronomy and Nutrient Management Advisor for Kings, Tulare, and Fresno Counties. I've been serving this region since October, 2015. My priorities for 2016/17 are to:
- Continue to meet growers, consultants, PCA's, CCA's, government agents, and community officials in this region.
- To learn, understand, and respond to the changing agronomy and nutrient management needs of these groups.
- To facilitate and communicate results of relevant, scientific research for the above groups as well as the public at large.IMG_1512
The purpose of the Agronomy and Nutrient Management program is to provide up-to-date information regarding production and best management practices of corn, alfalfa, dry beans, oilseeds, and bio-fuel crops. Information on how to best recycle nutrients, especially nitrogen from dairy manure, in cropping systems for maximum economic benefit for growers and for good environmental stewardship is a high priority of this program.
You may always contact me directly with questions, comments, or concerns regarding agronomy or nutrient management.
Area Farm Advisor- Kings, Tulare & Fresno Counties
Field Crops & Nutrient Management
Tri-County CIMIS Weather Stations
Linked data is from the California Irrigation Management Information System (CIMIS) weather stations. Visit CIMIS web site.
Fresno County Stations
- Firebaugh/Telles, Firebaugh
- Five Points South West, Five Points
- FivePoints/WSFS USDA, Five Points
- Fresno State, Fresno
- Orange Cove
- Panoche, Firebaugh
- Westlands, Tranquility
Kings County Stations
Tulare County Stations
Alfalfa & Forage News: News and information from UC Cooperative Extension about alfalfa and forage production
'Goating Off' - Grazing with Goats During Winter Months an Effective Management Tool
In a period when we've had high rains, it's very difficult to manage excessive winter growth in a Mediterranean climate. We're familiar with the term 'sheeping-off' for describing the use of sheep to graze alfalfa fields during the wintertime to remove...
Long-Term Hay Exports have Increased Dramatically, but are Dampened by Recent Trade Disputes
Alfalfa and grass hays produced in the US ending up feeding dairy cows in Riyadh or Bengbu? Who would have thought? What was once a minor curiosity has fully emerged as a major market for western US hay producers. Hay has been traditionally been fed to...
New restrictions for chlorpyrifos (e.g. Lorsban) use in alfalfa in California
An important change has come to California insect management tools and strategies for alfalfa and other crops. As of January 1, 2019, new restrictions on the use of chlorpyrifos (e.g., Lorsban and other products) for alfalfa in California have been...