In 2004, only about 490 acres of summer silage corn in the San Joaquin Valley used strip-till. By 2012, the number of acres rose to over 181,000.
On August 5th, two-dozen dairy farmers joined Sustainable Conservation and California Ag Solutions for a daylong conservation tillage bus tour around the Central Valley.
Sustainable Conservation’s Modesto team recently assisted a Central Valley farmer in implementing a sustainable farming practice known as “conservation tillage.” This method of low-impact cultivation reduces the number of tractor passes needed to prepare fields for planting, dramatically cutting farming-related dust and diesel pollution.
Pictured Above: Strip tillage in progress using newly purchased implements on a field in Hilmar, CA. Mike Winemiller, agronomist with the strip-till equipment rental program unloads implement for use by first-time CT farmer John Cardoza, Project Manager at Sustainable Conservation, visiting a partner dairy in Patterson, California to learn about innovative forage production practices…