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UC Cooperative Extension's High Desert Agriculture and Environmental Issues division provides research-based information regarding crop production and environmental issues pertinent to the High Desert areas of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

The farm advisor works closely with growers, local agencies and other Cooperative Extension advisors and specialists in order to develop cost-effective and sustainable agronomic practices. At the same time, he considers the challenges associated with increasing production costs, water use restrictions, agriculture-urban interface and a growing population.

ALERT! Citrus Disease Detected in Los Angeles County
Links to information on the Asian Citrus Psyllid: Center for Invasive Species Research & CDFA's Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services

The following are examples of research projects conducted in the last few years:
-Alfalfa variety and density trials
-Assessment of nutrient spatial variability to improve soil fertility
-Pigweed control options for later cuts of alfalfa fields
-Weevil and aphid chemical control options for alfalfa fields
-Assessment of alfalfa yield monitoring technology to improve nutrient use efficiency
-Alternate plant tissue testing technique for alfalfa

The information produced from research trials are delivered to local, state and national growers through meetings, conferences, workshops, papers and newsletters.

The following are examples of meetings and workshops that are offered by Cooperative Extension:
-High Desert Agronomic meetings
-High Desert Fruit and Vine Growers meetings
-Vegetable Gardening workshops
-Precision Agriculture in California
-Weed Control Field Day

Links: High Desert, High Desert Climate, High Desert Soils and High Desert Crops

If you have GARDENING questions, please visit our UC Master Gardener Program.

To view the High Desert Crop Notes (newsletter), please click here.

Contact Information
Andre Biscaro, Farm Advisor
335 East Avenue K-10
Lancaster, CA 93535
Phone: (661) 974-8825
Fax: (661) 723-3751