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.

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Using Engineered Biocarbon to Improve Soil Health and Water Usage in Ag Arid Regions

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University of California, Riverside researchers are testing soil amendments (biochar) to improve soil health and crop water usage in arid and hot ecosystems. This study will determine if various formulations of biocarbon can improve the agricultural...

Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 8:07 AM
  • Author: Jairo Diaz
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Campers Engage in 5-Day Youth Led Sustainability Program


          Imperial Valley youth aged 9-12 assembled at the UC Desert Research and Extension Center once again for the third annual Sustainable You! camp. Sustainable You! is a youth-led education enrichment...

Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 12:09 PM

DREC & FCDC - A long term partnership

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The Field Crop Development Centre (FCDC), Alberta Department of Agriculture and the Univerity of California Desert Research and Extension has been very fortunate to be able to work together for well over 30 years, dating back to the early...

Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 1:25 PM

Saying farewell after 37 years


After 37 years of service to the University of California Desert Research and Extension Center, Fernando Miramontes bid farewell as he celebrated his retirement.  Family, friends, and coworkers came together on March 30, 2017 to...

Posted on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 8:40 AM

We DIG Carrots!

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FARM SMART is crazy about carrots! Using the “Identifying phenotypes, markers, and genes in carrot germplasm to deliver improved carrots to growers and consumers” project as a backdrop for context, FARM...

Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 8:41 AM
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