Desert Research and Extension Center
Desert Research and Extension Center
Desert Research and Extension Center
University of California
Desert Research and Extension Center


Welcome to the Desert Research and Extension Center, located in Holtville, California. We are committed to agricultural research and education in the Imperial Valley desert and specialize in vegetable crops, alfalfa, desert cattle feeding, irrigation and drainage management, and pest management. We develop programs to address current challenges in these areas. We invite you to use this site to propose research or to learn more about the Center.


4-H, FARM SMART, and CalFresh Team Up to Plan Sustainability Camp


Staff at DREC and Imperial County Cooperative Extension are teaming up to deliver "Sustainable You!", a five-day summer camp designed by Dr. Roslynn Brain of Utah State University.  Each day of the camp has a theme: Land, Air, Energy, Water, and...

Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 9:26 AM
Tags: 4H (1), CalFresh (1), FARM SMART (1), sustainability (1)

Exciting Times at DREC

Have you filled up your vehicle's fuel tank recently?  Have you eaten a carrot, a pickle, sweet corn, onion, broccoli or melon recently?  Had a nice crisp salad with fresh romaine lettuce and some pasta, then dipped some bread in olive...

Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 9:24 AM
Tags: agriculture (1), DREC (2), farm (1), smart (1), UC (1)

Agronomic Crops Field Day


On April 17, 2014, UC DREC hosted an Agronomic Crops Field Day.  The field day was well-attended by local growers, industry representatives, and researchers.  Participants toured the Center on hay wagons.  A stop at an alfalfa field...

Posted on Monday, June 16, 2014 at 9:26 AM
Tags: alfalfa (1), conservation (1), DREC (2), irrigation (1), water (1)
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