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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Sunpreme raisins a hit at the UC Kearney Grape Day 2017

Sunpreme raisins drying on their own in a Kearney vineyard.

Excitement over the new Sunpreme raisins was evident at UC Kearney Grape Day Aug. 8, 2017. As soon as the tram stopped, dozens of farmers and other industry professionals rushed over to the vineyard to take a close look and sample the fruit. Raisins...

Posted on Friday, August 11, 2017 at 11:38 AM

#Collabatition: A new network of food hubs looks past competition to help each other succeed

Boxes of melons loaded into Capay Valley Farm Shop's truck, headed for buyers in the Bay Area.

In today's food system, large scale food distribution has become the standard way food moves from farm to market.  The system works well to feed a lot of people, and has allowed us to eat tomatoes in December and send...

Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 9:56 AM

Go back-to-school with a garden

Students learning about Propagation at

It's that time already when the kids start heading back to school and meals go back to a strict schedule. It can be easy to turn to take-out and other convenience foods to make meal times more manageable, especially during the rush of back-to-school....

Posted on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 11:24 AM
Tags: gardening (18), school (8), UC Master Gardener (2)

40 hours, 500 miles and 4 students: Summer Interns 2017!


UCDREC/FARM SMART collaborated with the United States Department of Agriculture - USDA to host the 2017 USDA Food and AgScience Summer Program. Out of 22 applications, 4 high school students were selected to participate in the 40-hour program. This was...

Posted on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 9:22 AM
  • Author: Stephanie Collins
  • Author: Stacey Wills
  • Author: Jairo Diaz

Explore tools that UC researchers use with smallholder farmers around the world

UC Davis and ANR researchers attach clear plastic to a

Planted in a corner of the UC Davis campus is a display of technologies and vegetable crops that researchers with the Horticulture Innovation Lab have been using with farmers in Africa, Asia and Central America. Led by UC ANR's Elizabeth Mitcham in the...

Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 7:51 AM
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