Saving Water in the Capay Valley

One of the things we’ve been committed to experimenting with in the past few years is reducing tillage on our farm—in other words, fewer tractor passes through our fields and less turnover of the soil. We normally use tractors to cull weeds, turn under our cover crops, and make beds ready for planting after we have disked a field. We’re trying to reduce the use of tractors and soil turnover in two ways. The first is by using black poly mulch on our beds, and the second is by using our cover crops as mulch.