Quantifying Water Use of Cover Crops in Rotation with Rice, 2022


Kosana Suvocarev, Dept. of Land, Air and Water Resources, UC Davis

This research seeks to create season habitat for the waterfowl breeding season in fallow rice fields. Cover crops can provide a winning solution for soil health and nesting habitat on agricultural lands. Cover crops in this context are rain fed and rely on soil water storage to get them through maturity.

After two years of experimental measurements, the project was extended for one more winter season. After two dry years, the 2022-23 season is very wet. New fields were selected in October 2022 and the equipment is running at two checks in a single field one fallow, and one cover cropped. Measurements will be conducted November 2022 through July 2023.