Small and Organic Farm Advisor
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Small and Organic Farm Advisor

Welcome to Small and Organic Farming in the Capitol Corridor!

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Welcome!  This website is dedicated to providing high quality, scientifically based and unbiased information to support your farming efforts. We work very hard to share resources that have been validated by both farmers and scientists and to make the information detailed and concise, yet useful and digestible.  
The content in this website largely focused on organic, vegetable  production, but much of it is useful for all types of farming. 
UC Cooperative Extension is a partnership between the University of California and the local farmers to strengthen the quality and productivity of agriculture in our area.  We conduct research, develop production guides and host workshops and meetings as needed and requested by the local community.   
Don’t hesitate to reach out to Margaret with any questions about things that you are seeing or doing on your farm.



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By Connie Conway, State Executive Director in California, USDA Farm Service Agency   Farmers and ranchers feed our state, our nation, and in fact, our world. You work long hours to provide essential resources for us all, and in these challenging...

Posted on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 12:41 PM

The Heat is On: Soil Solarization

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The days are long and the temperatures are high. This is a great time to solarize the soil in the Central Valley as a way to manage annual weeds and improve the growth of fall crops.   What is solarization? A non-chemical approach to weed...

Posted on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 4:58 PM
Tags: Soil solarization (1), Weeds (2)
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture

Johnsongrass in organics: Mow it?

Johnsongrass, Sorghum halepense

Yes, mow it! Mowing works to at least prevent seed spread and regular mowing will weaken rhizomes. Seed establishment has the greatest potential for the establishment and spread of johnsongrass and must be prevented. Therefore, mowing works to...

Posted on Monday, July 6, 2020 at 12:03 PM
Tags: Johnsongrass (1), Weeds (2)
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture

Leaf Sampling and In-Field Soil Tests for Nitrate

Tomato 4th leaf sample used to determine NPK (Photo credit: Patricia Lazicki)

Are you concerned with your plant growth or wondering how your winter and spring activities (compost, cover crops, pre-plant fertilizers) are contributing to plant-available nitrate? If so, now is a great time to consider taking leaf or soil...

Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 11:05 AM
Tags: Nitrogen (1)
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture

Summer Crops Are Booming and So Is Their Nitrogen Demand

Crop N Uptake general

Nitrogen is one of the essential macronutrients required for a healthy, productive crop. With summer in full swing, the nitrogen demand for many crops is high.  Use these graphs to understand the timing of nitrogen demand in the crops you...

Posted on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 12:41 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture


Sacramento Strawberry Stand Map


Legume Series Post #1

New research shows that legumes can detect different rhizobium strains and they have ‘policing’ mechanisms that select for cooperative, nitrogen-sharing rhizobia and against ‘selfish’, nitrogen-greedy rhizobia.



Linked data is from the California Irrigation Management Information System (CIMIS) weather stations. Visit CIMIS web site.

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