Cropping Systems Archive

Closing the yield gap while ensuring water sustainability

Water is a major factor limiting crop production in many regions around the world. Irrigation can greatly enhance crop yields, but the local availability and timing of freshwater resources constrains the ability of humanity to increase food production. Innovations in irrigation infrastructure hav... Read More

Harvest Gains From Intercropping

This publication explains how home gardeners and small-scale farmers can increase their properties’ productivity by intercropping—growing two or more crops together on the same plot—using species that perform specific functions to benefit their companion crop. Also discussed are the results... Read More

California Agricultural Production and Irrigated Water Use

California ranks as the leading agricultural state in the United States in terms of farm-level sales. In 2012, California’s farm-level sales totaled nearly $45 billion and accounted for 11% of total U.S. agricultural sales. Five counties—Tulare, Kern, Fresno, Monterey, and Merced—rank among... Read More

Conservation-Practice Adoption Rates Vary Widely by Crop and Region

This research analyzes national and regional adoption of no-till and strip-till planting systems; cover-crop use; and nitrogen-fertilizer application rates, timing, and methods. Results show that U.S. farmers' adoption of these practices varies widely by crop and region. In addition many farmers ... Read More