University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
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Wheat industry revolution is legacy of retired UCCE advisor

Wheat field
Farm advisor Tom Kearney retired from UCCE a few years ago, but before he did he managed to change the entire wheat growing industry in the lower Sacramento Valley for the better. Traditional practice had been to plant wheat by scattering seed and fertilizer on the soil and then tilling it in. Kearney, with the help of UC Davis faculty and UCCE specialists, discovered that by using seed drills to precisely position and cover the seed and fertilizer a farmer could grow more and bigger plants and thereby increase yields. When Kearney held a series of educational workshops to demonstrate his results, growers enthusiastically adopted the new planting method, which is now a standard practice.

 

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