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

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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.

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Irrigation Management Research at Desert REC Reduces Water use in Alfalfa Production

Alfalfa trial

 Water has always been a precious commodity in Imperial County. With rainfall averaging less than 3 inches per year, this arid desert region depends on irrigation water from the Colorado River to continue its production of over 100 different...

Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

Cattle Nutrition Research at Desert REC Decreases Feed Costs for Producers

Students visiting the feedlot during a school field trip

A stop at the feedlot to observe the cattle is always a highlight of the day for the over 8,000 visitors to Farm Smart each year through school field trips and field tours. Cattle has been the #1 commodity in Imperial County(IC) for over 60 years and IC...

Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Food

Over a Century of Agriculture Research and Extension

This picture is from 1915 and is the earliest known picture of what is now the University of California Desert Research and Extension Center (UC DREC, home to Farm Smart)

The University of California Desert Research and Extension Center (UC DREC) was established in 1912 and is the oldest research and extension center in the UC system. For the past 108 years, UC DREC has conducted innovative and relevant agricultural,...

Posted on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Farm Smart June 2020 Newsletter

DREC staff, Juan Buenrostro (left) and Efrain Sambrano (right) measuring alfalfa yields.

Our June 2020 newsletter is now available! Click here to view the newsletter

Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 1:36 PM

Farm Smart April 2020 Newsletter

Staff Research Associate, Juan Buenrostro taking field data on lettuce trial lead by Dr. Richard Michelmore from UC Davis.

Our April 2020 Newsletter is out! Click here to view the newsletter    

Posted on Friday, April 24, 2020 at 1:08 PM
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