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Agritourism and Nature Tourism in California (2nd Edition)
Agritourism has emerged as a viable financial option for many farms and ranches. Since the publication of the first edition of Agritourism and Nature Tourism, the landscape has changed as counties and local governments incorporate agritourism into their local plans. This new edition builds on the concepts of the first, and adds updated information on regulations, risk management, and new marketing trends.

What’s new in the 2nd edition?

• Coverage of recent changes to the county, state and federal policies that impact agritourism
• An expanded marketing chapter including information on social media marketing
• An extensive listing of California agricultural marketing organizations
• An expanded chapter on risk management
• New agritourism contacts and links

As with the first edition you’ll find easy-to-use worksheets and activities that will walk you through the steps needed to determine if agritourism is for you. You’ll create business and marketing plans that can make your operation a success.

Chapters include:

Consider the Possibilities
Evaluating Your Resources: Is Tourism for You?
Creating Your Business Plan
Understanding and Navigating Regulations
Developing Your Risk Management Plan
Designing Your Marketing Strategy
Resources for Success

From farm stays and bed and breakfasts to U-pick orchards and farm stands, cooking classes to wine and olive oil tastings, the ever popular corn maze to school trips—agritourism is maturing and growing. The possibilities are still as endless as your imagination.

Workshop attendees raved about the first edition as a resource for tourist business planning. One participant from a workshop in Paso Robles said, "Chapter Two on 'Assessing Your Potential' really helped my husband and me refine our vision and get started. It made us aware of ALL the components that must be addressed." Another participant from a workshop in Reedley says, "I used the information in the manual to prepare my expansion and my plan to meet with county staff, before I submit an application."

Publication Number: 3484
Inventory Type: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1-60107-742-4
Copyright Date: 2011
Length: 151 pp

Price: $25.00
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Agronomy and Economy of Black Pepper and Cardamom
by K.P. Prabhakaran Nair

Known as the "King" of spices, black pepper (Piper nigrum L.) and the "Queen" of spices, cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum M.), both perennial crops of the tropics, are the most important and most widely sought after spice crops of the world. They both have many uses, for example, both are used as flavourings and as a medicine.

This book provides a comprehensive review of these two very important spice crops, covering origin, history, geographical distribution, production, economy and their uses.

Discusses the two major spices of great economic value to the developing world

The author is an eminent scientist who has won numerous awards for his work in this area

Pub. Date: July 2011 Publisher: Elsevier Science Format: Hardcover , 380pp

Price: $140.00
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by Jorge B. Retamales,
James F. Hancock

Blueberry cultivation has increased dramatically as production has shifted into new regions. Blueberries are now widely available as food and also processed to be used in medicine and pharmaceuticals for their antioxidant properties. This practical book covers the major topics of interest to blueberry breeders and researchers including botany, physiology, nutrition, growth regulation, photosynthesis, environment, weeds, pests, diseases and post-harvest management. The main focus is on the most important cultivated species, the highbush blueberry, although information on other blueberries and related species is also provided.
ISBN-13: 9781845938260 Publisher: CABI Publication date: 4/28/2012 Pages: 336

Price: $85.00
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Author: Davies, F.S., & Albrigo, L.G

The major types of edible citrus include sweet oranges, lemons, limes, mandarins and grapefruits. These are grown extensively around the world, the major producers being Brazil, the USA, China, Japan, Mexico and countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. This book adopts an international perspective on citrus, including its biology and cultivation as well as consideration of the citrus industry. It describes the scientific basis of production practices and is aimed at professionals in the industry as well as advanced students of horticulture and allied disciplines within plant science and food science.

Binding: Paper Copyright: 1994 Edition: 1st Publisher: Oxford University Press

Price: $65.00
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Coffee, Cocoa and Tea
K. C. Willson

While botanically quite different, coffee, cocoa and tea are all important plantation cash crops grown primarily in warmer, less developed regions of the world. They are typically considered together in horticulture and agriculture courses. This is the first book to provide a general introduction and overview of the scientific principles underlying their production.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Pub. Date: June 1999 ISBN-13: 9780851989198 320pp

Price: $85.00
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Commercial Greenhouse Vegetable Handbook
Author: Gary W Hickman

A new guide to principles of commercial-scale greenhouse construction and operation. This handbook also gives specifics on the greenhouse cultivation of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and lettuce, the four most common greenhouse crops for California. Included are how to lay out the planting area, train the plants to overhead wire supports, fertilize and water them, keep them safe from pests, and harvest and market their produce.

Publication Number: 21575 Author: GARY W HICKMAN Inventory Type: Paperback Language: English ISBN-13: 978-1-60107-346-4 Copyright Date: 1998 Length: 24 pp.

Price: $5.00
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Cotton Production Manual
Author: S J Hake, T A Kerby, K D Hake

The only comprehensive manual available for cotton producers! Thirty-one UC experts share the innovative technologies that make California one of the most productive cotton regions in the world! The Cotton Production Manual was written for growers everywhere who strive to improve cotton quality and productivity. Features a season-by season production calendar with pest and disease control, fertilization, and irrigation tips and a Diagnostic Guide to help you identify crop problems in the field with management options. 12 pages of color plates.

Publication Number: 3352 Inventory Type: Paperback Language: English ISBN-13: 978-1-879906-09-9 Copyright Date: 1996 Length: 422 pp.

Price: $50.00
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Cover Cropping for Vegetable Production
Author: R. Smith, R.L. Bugg, M. Gaskell

Cover crops are an important tool for vegetable growers to reduce soil erosion, filter water, enhance soil fertility and break the life cycles of plant pathogens and pests. Any grower who relies on cover crops—and anyone who is interested in learning more about them—will quickly learn to rely on this handbook’s information.

Why this book?

Rich with 17 detailed tables and 68 color photos, Cover Cropping for Vegetable Production is perhaps the most comprehensive, science-based book on cover cropping available to growers.

Brand-new for 2011, the handbook brings together the expertise of more than 20 University of California experts in:

•plant sciences
•farm management
•vegetable crops
•sustainable agriculture
•agricultural economics
•cropping systems
•plant pathology

What's inside?

The handbook describes primary cover crop species, including grasses, legumes, mustards and other cool-season and warm-season options. For each species, the authors have included photos, seeding details, winter vigor descriptions, nitrogen fixation and scavenging, weed suppression and nematode resistance.

In addition to assisting with crop selection, this handbook addresses the effects of cover cropping on water management, pest management and farm economics.

For California growers, the handbook also discusses differences in cover crop use for the Central Valley, Desert and Coastal regions.

Chapters include:

•Botany and Species Selection
•Agricultural Soil Ecology
•Water Management and Impacts on Water Quality
•Soil Nitrogen Fertility Management
•Soilborne Pathogens
•Plant and Soil Nematodes
•Cover Crop Management
•Regional Differences in Cover Crop Management

We believe organic and conventional growers alike will find this handbook indispensable.

Publication Number:3517 Inventory Type: Paperback Language: English ISBN-13: 978-1-60107-679-3 Copyright Date: 2011 Length: 90 pp

Price: $25.00
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Crop Physiology

From climate change to farming systems to genetic modification of organisms, Crop Physiology, Second Edition provides a practical tool for understanding the relationships and challenges of successful cropping. With a focus on genetic improvement and agronomy, this book addresses the challenges of environmentally sound production of bulk and quality food, fodder, fiber, and energy which are of ongoing international concern. The second edition of Crop Physiology continues to provide a unique analysis of these topics while reflecting important changes and advances in the relevant science and implementation systems.

Contemporary agriculture confronts the challenge of increasing demand in terms of quantitative and qualitative production targets. These targets have to be achieved against the background of soil and water scarcity, worldwide and regional shifts in the patterns of land use driven by both climate change and the need to develop crop-based sources of energy, and the environmental and social aspects of agricultural sustainability.

Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780124171046
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 9/29/2014
  • Pages: 564

Price: $125.00
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Crops and Man
by Jack R. Harlan

Jack R. Harlan conceived the prevailing concepts of how the activities of human societies have shaped the evolution of crops used for food, feed, and fiber. Harlan collected and introduced over 12,000 accessions of plants into the United States. The world food supply now depends largely on only 12 to 15 plant species. Erosion of diverse gene sources from ancient landraces continues and more effective use needs to be made of germplasm collections in our gene banks.

Publisher: American Society of Agronomy Pub. Date: April 1992 ISBN-13: 9780891181071 284pp Series: Foundation for Modern Crop Science Ser. Edition Description: 2ND Edition Number: 2

Price: $34.87
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Figs: The Genus Ficus
by Ephraim Philip Lansky (Editor), Helena Maaria Paavilainen (Editor)

With a history as ancient as any cultivated fruit, many believe the fig has been with us even longer than the pomegranate. The Ficus constitutes one of the largest and hardiest genera of flowering plants featuring as many as 750 species. Although the extraordinary mutualism between figs and their pollinating wasps has received much attention, the phylogeny of both partners is only beginning to be reconstructed. The fig plant does have a long history of traditional use as a medicine and has been a subject of significant modern research.

Figs, the Genus Ficus brings together those histories, ancient and modern, to present an extraordinary profile of an extraordinary plant with an abundance of medical uses and a reputation as both a delicacy and a diet staple in some regions of the world. Several chapters within the book are devoted to intensive study of different parts of the tree: fruits, leaves, bark and stem, roots, and latex. These chapters discuss the Ficus genus as a whole, including the botany of the most important species that have been related to that particular part pharmacologically.

The authors, Dr. Ephraim Lansky MD, highly respected as one of the world’s only physician pharmcognocists and Dr. Helena Paavilainen, a renowned researcher of natural products, go on to consider the chemistry and pharmacology of each part in selected Ficus species, and modern, medieval, and ancient methods for obtaining and preparing the beneficial components from that plant part for medicinal use. Special attention is paid to the plants' propensity for fighting inflammation, including cancer. Figs’ future potential is considered in a number of treatments, as are future areas of research.

Pub. Date: July 2010 Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc. Format: Hardcover, 415pp

Price: $125.95
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Handbook of Plant and Crop Physiology, Third Edition

Continuous discoveries in plant and crop physiology have resulted in an abundance of new information since the publication of the second edition of the Handbook of Plant and Crop Physiology, necessitating a new edition to cover the latest advances in the field. Like its predecessors, the Third Edition offers a unique, complete collection of topics in plant and crop physiology, serving as an up-to-date resource in the field. This edition contains more than 90 percent new material, and the remaining 10 percent has been updated and substantially revised.

Divided into nine parts to make the information more accessible, this handbook covers the physiology of plant and crop growth and development, cellular and molecular aspects, and production processes. It addresses the physiological responses of plants and crops to environmental stresses, heavy metals, and agrichemicals; presents findings on small RNAs in response to temperature stress; and discusses the use of bioinformatics in plant/crop physiology. The book deals with the impacts of rising CO2 levels and climate change on plant/crop growth, development, and production. It also offers guidance on plants and crops that can be successfully cultivated under more stressful conditions, presented in six chapters that examine alleviation of future food security issues.

With contributions from 105 scientists from 17 countries, this book provides a comprehensive resource for research and for university courses, covering plant physiological processes ranging from the cellular level to whole plants. The content provided can be used to plan, implement, and evaluate strategies for dealing with plant and crop physiology problems. This edition includes numerous tables, figures, and illustrations to facilitate comprehension of the material as well as thousands of index words to further increase accessibility to the desired information.

Product Details:
  • ISBN-13: 9781466553286
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 3/27/2014
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1031

Price: $199.95
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Irrigated Alfalfa Management for Mediterranean and Desert
Author: Charles Summers, Daniel Putnam

Ten years in the making, this is the ultimate guide to irrigated alfalfa production. This publication will guide you through the many considerations in producing alfalfa successfully, drawing upon detailed, comprehensive, and scientifically accurate information. Growers, farm workers, managers, consultants, and advisors in irrigated regions will find this an indispensable guide.

Opening chapters include key considerations for getting started — site selection, an overview of growth and development, stand establishment, and variety selection. Production considerations covered include fertilization strategies, irrigation, pest management, harvest strategies, management of depleted stands, as well as harvest, curing, and preservation considerations.

Additional chapters include information on alfalfa and livestock, including forage quality, grazing management, and application of lagoon water and manures, and. Also discussed are organic production, seed production, and industrial uses of the crop.

A diagnostic key to common problems, an index, 298 color photographs, 34 illustrations, 65 tables, and 72 graphs round out this essential guide.

Irrigated Alfalfa Management for Mediterranean and desert Zones is a companion publication to Intermountain Alfalfa Management, focused on the high-elevation valleys of the Intermountain West.

Publication Number: 3512 Inventory Type: Paperback Language: English ISBN-13: 978-1-60107-608-3 Copyright Date: 2008 Length: 372 pp.

Price: $65.00
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Knott's Handbook for Vegetable Growers
by Donald N. Maynard, George J. Hochmuth

Rooted in tradition, branching out to the future. For more than half a century, Knott's Handbook for Vegetable Growers has provided generations of commercial growers with the most timely, accessible, and useful information available on the subject. The Fifth Edition of this highly regarded horticultural mainstay provides readers with the reliable growing and marketing information they've come to expect, while including new and updated material throughout to maintain its relevance in our ever-changing world.

Filled with valuable information, largely in the form of tables and charts—from hard statistics on vegetable production and consumption to essential information for today's international markets, such as vegetable botanical names and vegetable names in nine languages—Knott's Handbook is part Farmer's Almanac, part encyclopedia, and part dictionary. It also provides detailed, practical specifics on planting rates, schedules, and spacing; soils and fertilizers; methods for managing crop pests; greenhouse vegetable and crop production; insect pest identification; harvesting and storage; and vegetable marketing.

Now available in a new flexible cover designed for ease of use on the desk or in the field, this valuable workhorse features new information on:

* World vegetable production
* Best management practices
* Organic crop production
* Food safety
* Pesticide safety
* Postharvest problems
* Minimally processed vegetables

Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated Pub. Date: October 2006 ISBN-13: 9780471738282 640pp Edition Description: Revised Edition Edition Number: 5

Price: $94.95
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Lentil: Botany, Production and Uses
by William Erskine, Fred J Muehlbauer

The lentil has an ancient origin but is now confronted with issues of food security, poverty, water scarcity and the need to find sustainable agricultural systems in a changing climate. A crop primarily grown in the developing world, it is ideally suited to address these issues through its ability to use water efficiently and grow in marginal environments as well as being high in protein and easily digestable.

In the last three decades, the global production of lentils has almost tripled due to larger harvest areas but also more importantly to progress in research and productivity. Chapters outline improvements in production, such as water and soil nutrient management, agronomy, mechanization and weed management. Developments in genetics and breeding are discussed alongside improved knowledge of the lentils origin, domestication, morphology and adaptation. The implementation and impact of this new research at the farm level is also addressed as well as the crops post-harvest processing and nutritional value.

Pub. Date: August 2009 Publisher: CAB International North America Format: Hardcover, 464pp

Price: $180.00
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Lettuce, Endive and Chicory
by Edward J. Ryder

In common with others in the series, this book describes the scientific principles that are the basis of crop production practices. The volume focuses on the leafy and salad vegetables lettuce, endive and chicory and is written by one of the worlds leading authorities on the subject.

Publisher: CAB International Pub. Date: April 1999 ISBN-13: 9780851992853 224pp

Price: $65.00
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Mango: Botany, Production and Uses
by Richard E Litz

The Mango is one of the oldest cultivated fruit crops, having been grown in India for at least 4000 years. Mango is the most important fruit crop of Asia and its annual production is exceeded worldwide only by Musa, citrus, grapes and apples. The last decade has seen a rapid growth of mango production, mainly due to expansion into new growing regions but also to the adoption of modern field practices and cultivars. A wide range of fresh, mango cultivars are now consumed worldwide and are available year round.

The Mango: Botany, Production and Uses, published in 1997, represented the first comprehensive examination of all aspects of modern mango production and research. Developing upon the successful first edition, this book incorporates a discussion of significant advances in mango research that have contributed to improved production and will be highly relevant for researchers and growers alike.

Pub. Date: June 2009 Publisher: CAB International North America Format: Hardcover, 696pp

Price: $255.00
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Onions and Other Vegetable Alliums
by PST

This fully revised, expanded and updated edition of the successful text, Onions and Other Vegetable Alliums, relates the production and utilization of these familiar and important vegetable crops to the many aspects of plant science underpinning their production and storage technologies. Chapters cover species and crop types, plant structure, genetics and breeding, physiology of growth and development as well as pests and diseases, production agronomy, storage after harvest and the biochemistry of flavour, storage carbohydrates and colour and how this relates to nutritional and health benefits. From this wide perspective it is possible to see many examples where underlying scientific knowledge illuminates, explains and can improve agronomic practice. The reader will get an insight into how molecular methods are revolutionizing the study of taxonomy, genetics, pathology and physiology and how these methods are being applied in the breeding of improved crops.

Pub. Date: July 2008 Publisher: CAB International North America Format: Hardcover, 320pp

Price: $70.00
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Organic Vegetable Production Manual
Author: Milton E McGiffen, Jr.

The Organic Vegetable Production Manual provides detailed information for growers on how to farm vegetables organically, addressing the essential topics for success in this highly competitive marketplace.

This book is a valuable resource for established organic growers, and a must-read for growers considering organic practices.

Chapters cover a range of topics for the organic vegetable farmer:

•Business and marketing plans
•Economic performance
•Soil fertility management
•Managing diseases
•Weed management
•Postharvest handling
•Organic certification and registration in California

New for 2011, this publication includes substantially revised information from a seven-part series of shorter publications from 2000. The revisions address changing needs of organic growers and access to new information.

This book was written by a team of UC specialists and farm advisors who work closely with growers throughout California's diverse agricultural regions.

This 86-page manual is illustrated with 35 color photographs and 21 tables, and has a comprehensive index. Also included in the text is a case study of leaf lettuce production along California’s Central Coast, as an example for estimating costs and returns.

Publication Number:3509 Inventory Type: Paperback Language: English ISBN-13: 978-1-60107-557-4 Copyright Date: 2011 Length: 86 pp

Price: $25.00
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Ornamental Bulbs, Corms and Tubers
Author: Rees, A.R.

"This book will be an important contribution for the understanding of the various aspects of bulb growing, marketing and forcing. Recommended to students in horticulture and researchers in the field of geophytes and it will also be of much help to workers in the 'bulb industry' who like to know about the fundamental characters of the products they are dealing with." --Annals of Botany

Binding: Paper Copyright: 1992 Edition: 1st Publisher: Oxford University Press

Price: $55.00
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Outstanding in their Fields: California's Women Farmers
Author: Desmond A. Jolly

Outstanding in their Fields profiles seventeen women farmers and ranchers who dramatize the pioneering spirit, creativity and courage that animates much of the kinds of Artisanal agriculture where women are leading the way. For many of these Agriwomen, farming is a second occupation following careers in business, science, and aeronautics. Others, like Mary Orr, chase it in serendipitous fashion as a healthier social environment for their children only to find that they have taken to farming like proverbial ducks to water.

Binding: Paper Copyright: 2005 Edition: 1st Publisher: UC Small Farm Center

Price: $16.95
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Pineapple: Botany, Production and Uses
by Duane P Bartholomew, Robert E. Paull, Kenneth G Rohrbach

Eleven chapters contributed by 18 international experts summarize worldwide research findings and commercial practices concerning the pineapple, in this first new comprehensive text on the pineapple in some 20 years. Focused mainly on the most famous variety in world trade—the "Smooth Cayenne"—the text covers genetics, breeding, physiology, pathology, handling and processing in commercial production. Illustrated with 42 color plates, and b&w photographs and diagrams throughout the text. Distributed by Oxford U. Press. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Pub. Date: January 2003 Publisher: CAB International North America Format: Hardcover, 328pp

Price: $180.00
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Wills, R.

Effective postharvest handling is critical in maintaining the quality and freshness of crops from the time when they are harvested to when they are sold to the consumer.

Presented in a new larger format with an expanded color section, this broad-based introductory level textbook covers the key concepts and practical technologies to slow the inevitable deterioration of harvested produce, including handling, packaging, transport, temperature management and the control of pests and diseases.

Pub. Date: September 2007 Publisher: CABI Format: Textbook Paperback, 252pp

Price: $55.00
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Potatoes Postharvest
by R T Pringle, C F H Bishop, R C Clayton

The potato is an important world crop. This book brings together the various postharvest considerations, including principles of storage, store design, potato handling, quality control, and store management. It describes the different technical methods of potato storage used worldwide, such as box, bag, and bulk storage. It is essential reading for researchers and potato growers, both large-scale commercial producers and low-input tropicl producers.

Pub. Date: April 2009 Publisher: CAB International North America Format: Hardcover , 448pp

Price: $161.50
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Public Produce: The New Urban Agriculture
by Darrin Nordahl

Public Produce makes a uniquely contemporary case not for central government intervention, but for local government involvement. In what Darrin Nordahl calls “municipal agriculture,” elected officials, municipal planners, local policymakers and public space designers are turning to the abundance of land under public control (parks, plazas, streets, city squares, parking lots, as well as the grounds around libraries, schools, government offices, and even jails) to grow food.

Public agencies at one time were at best indifferent, or at worst dismissive, of food production in the city. Today, public officials recognize that food insecurity is affecting everyone, not just the inner-city poor, and that policies seeking to restructure the production and distribution of food to the tens of millions of people living in cities have immediate benefits to community-wide health and prosperity.

Publisher: Island Press Pub. Date: November 06, 2009 236pp

Price: $30.00
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Rice Nutrient Management in California
Author: John F. Williams

As a flooded crop, rice presents unique fertility management problems. Fertilizer application benefits plant health and grain quality, however, misuse of fertilizers can damage crops, contaminate the environment, and waste money.

With increasing fertilizer prices, the need to focus on careful nutrient management is greater than ever. This guide walks you through the steps needed to analyze your situation so you can make more informed decisions about nutrient management for your crop.

Chapters cover the basics from soil types and how flooding affects soil fertility to a complete analysis of 7 nutrients along with salinity, pH and other toxicities. Also included is a chapter on nutrient management for organic rice.

This full-color manual is illustrated with 74 figures, illustrations, and photographs, and 23 tables. A measurement conversion table, a glossary, and extensive references round out this essential guide.

Publication Number: 3516
Inventory Type: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1-60107-643-4
Copyright Date: 2010
Length: 136 pp


Price: $25.00
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Rice Quality Handbook
Author: R. G. Mutters, J. F. Thompson

This new manual provides a step-by-step guide to producing high-quality rice from planting to postharvest. Inside this 141-page guide you'll find information on:

•Rice quality considerations in the global market
•Choosing the correct variety
•Cultural practices
•Harvest procedures
•Effects of weather conditions at harvest
•Drying methods
•Effects of temperature and moisture content on quality
•Controlling insects during storage
•Controlling the growth of molds and bacteria

While written with the Sacramento Valley in California in mind, growers, buyers, and operators of dryers, warehouses, and processing operations worldwide will benefit from this handbook.

The Rice Quality Handbook is a collaboration of University of California Cooperative Extension advisors, UC Davis faculty, and researchers at the USDA Western Regional Research Laboratory in Albany, California.

Illustrated with 39 color photographs, 58 graphs, and 35 line drawings. An English-metric conversion chart and an index round out this essential manual.

Publication Number: 3514 Inventory Type: Paperback Language: English ISBN-13: 978-1-60107-622-9 Copyright Date: 2009 Length: 141 pp

Price: $40.00
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Seeds: Physiology of Development, Germination and Dormancy

This updated and much revised third edition of Seeds: Physiology of Development, Germination and Dormancy provides a thorough overview of seed biology and incorporates much of the progress that has been made during the past fifteen years. With an emphasis on placing information in the context of the seed, this new edition includes recent advances in the areas of molecular biology of development and germination, as well as fresh insights into dormancy, ecophysiology, desiccation tolerance, and longevity. Authored by preeminent authorities in the field, this book is an invaluable resource for researchers, teachers, and students interested in the diverse aspects of seed biology.

  • J. Derek Bewley, PhD, DSc Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, CAN
  • Kent J. Bradford, PhD Department of Plant Sciences, Seed Biotechnology Center, University of California, Davis, CA, USA
  • Henk W.M. Hilhorst, PhD Wageningen Seed Laboratory, Laboratory of Plant Physiology, Wageningen University, Wageningen, Netherlands
  • Hiroyuki Nonogaki, PhD Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA

Price: $99.00
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Small Farm Handbook, 2nd Edition
Author: L. Tourte, B. Faber

Since its publication in 1994, the Small Farm Handbook has been an essential resource for California’s small farmers and the agricultural professionals advising them – selling over 4300 copies. Now this invaluable reference has been updated and expanded for today’s small-scale producers.

What’s new in the 2nd Edition?

An important new chapter on postharvest handling and safety of perishable crops Expanded marketing and labor chapters

The handbook covers three essential areas:
Background skills and knowledge, the business side, and the farming side

Within these broad areas you’ll find specific chapters on:

Requirements for Successful Farming
Growing Crops
Raising Animals
Farm and Financial Management
Marketing and Product Sales
Labor Management
Also included are profiles of six small farm operators representing a sample of California’s diverse agriculture.

Throughout you’ll get a look at emerging trends and issues for California agriculture and innovative methods for better production and management, all of which can lead to better farm performance.

Drawing upon the knowledge of 32 experts from the University of California, No other publication covers the topics, issues, and facets of California’s small-scale agriculture with this depth or level of expertise.

From the basics to risk management, specialty crops to marketing and product sales, this guide covers the gamut.


Price: $25.00
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Specialty and Minor Crops Handbook—Second Edition
Author: Claudia Myers

Handy for commercial producers as well as backyard gardeners, this useful guide for growers and sellers of niche market produce provides detailed information about growing specialty crops that are growing in popularity among consumers. Includes 63 crop sheets – from arugula to radicchio, basil to thyme, prickly pear to tomatillos, variety and heirloom tomatoes. Includes market information, resources, a glossary of Asian vegetable names, and an updated bibliography.

Publication Number: 3346 Inventory Type: Paperback Language: English ISBN-13: 978-1-879906-38-9 Copyright Date: 1998 Length: 184 pp.

Price: $35.00
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The California Vegetables in Garden and Field

The Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science is pleased to announce the newest addition to our historical agricultural book series.

This marvelous edition features typography that mirrors the original text and layout, and wonderful photographs and endpapers meticulously reproduced from pristine copies of the rare first edition of this seminal book. Original notes, manuscripts, letters, photographs, articles, and newspaper clippings of this pioneer agronomist are included in the foreword and afterward written for this special edition.

"First published in 1897 by the Pacific Rural Press of San Francisco, The California Vegetables in Garden and Field, by Edward James Wickson (1848-1923), appeared midway in Wickson's foundational career as an agricultural writer and faculty member at the College of Agriculture at the University of California... this was Wickson's third of seven best-selling books, which were themselves only part of the cascade of phamplets, brochures, research papers, magazine articles, chapters in books by others, and editorial commentary in the Pacific Rural Press that poured fourth in astonishing profusion from Wickson in his half-century career as a newspaper reporter, agricultural association spokesman, magazine editor and columnist, and indefatigable researcher for the United States Department of Agriculture and the University of California. This extraordinary output--so elegantly written, so scientifically precise, so useful, and so pervasively effective across five decades--earned for Wickson in his lifetime high distinction as one of America's best-known agronomists." -- Kevin Starr

Price: $85.00
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Tomato Health Management

Tomato Health Management draws together the information that’s essential for the healthy production of both fresh-market and processing tomatoes. It covers every aspect of tomato production, including disease and pest control, cultural practices such as irrigation and fertilization, nutritional and other abiotic disorders, and postharvest quality.

Tomatoes are an intensely managed crop, and the production of high-quality, top-value yields is a substantial, often daunting challenge. Tomato Health Management helps meet that challenge by serving as a “one-stop” informational source for anyone interested in any step of the production cycle. Whether you need to know what cultivars to select, how to identify and treat a problem in the field or the greenhouse, or even what chlorination protocol best protects tomatoes after harvest, you will find the answer in this all-encompassing handbook. It provides science-based knowledge in an accessible format that will be readily useful to anyone in the tomato-production chain. From the greenhouse to the organic setting and beyond, this book describes management strategies that will help you avoid and overcome issues presented by weed and insect pests, diseases and abiotic disorders, and other concerns, such as plant selection, soil quality, storage, and appearance for market.

Keeping tomatoes healthy is big business as the crop adds approximately $2 billion a year to the U.S. agricultural economy. This makes Tomato Health Management a valuable resource for the variety of professionals working in the tomato-production industry. The scientifically peer-reviewed information delivered in this book is synonymous with good management practices at all stages of production. By integrating those practices, the book explains how to plant, grow, harvest, and store tomatoes in labor-efficient, cost-effective ways and to simultaneously improve the health and value of your tomato crop.

Editors R. Michael Davis, Ken Pernezny, and Janet C. Broome have assembled a group of internationally recognized experts from the fields of soil science, weed science, nematology, plant pathology, entomology, and crop science—all key areas of applied tomato research and management. The editors have organized the book for ease of use and supplemented the text with high-quality color photographs and diagrams, quick-reference tables and boxes, and handy callouts of key concepts.

Price: $89.00
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by E. Heuvelink (Editor)

In common with other books in this series, this volume describes the scientific principles of the biology and production of a particular horticultural crop. This volume considers tomatoes, one of the most important internationally grown and traded of such crops. All aspects, from taxonomy and genetics, to growing in field and protected environments and to postharvest handling and processing, are covered. The book fills a major gap in the literature and will be essential for students, professional growers and processors.

Publisher: CABI Pub. Date: June 2005 ISBN-13: 9780851993966 339pp Series: Cabi Publishing Series

Price: $75.00
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Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future
by Pamela C. Ronald, Raoul W. Adamchak

By the year 2050, Earth's population will double. If we continue with current farming practices, vast amounts of wilderness will be lost, millions of birds and billions of insects will die, and the public will lose billions of dollars as a consequence of environmental degradation. Clearly, there must be a better way to meet the need for increased food production.

Written as part memoir, part instruction, and part contemplation, Tomorrow's Table argues that a judicious blend of two important strands of agriculture—genetic engineering and organic farming—is key to helping feed the world's growing population in an ecologically balanced manner. Pamela Ronald, a geneticist, and her husband, Raoul Adamchak, an organic farmer, take the reader inside their lives for roughly a year, allowing us to look over their shoulders so that we can see what geneticists and organic farmers actually do. The reader sees the problems that farmers face, trying to provide larger yields without resorting to expensive or environmentally hazardous chemicals, a problem that will loom larger and larger as the century progresses. They learn how organic farmers and geneticists address these problems.

This book is for consumers, farmers, and policy decision makers who want to make food choices and policy that will support ecologically responsible farming practices. It is also for anyone who wants accurate information about organic farming, genetic engineering, and their potential impacts on human health and the environment.

Pub. Date: December 28, 2009 Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA Format: Paperback, 232pp

Price: $16.95
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Tropical Fruits
by Henry Y. Nakasone, Robert E. Paull

Spanning a wide variety of climatic conditions and soil types, tropical fruit include species which have long been important exports and some which, until recently, were grown and consumed only locally. However, improvements in transportation and handling are making many tropical fruits increasingly important as large-scale crops and exports. This volume presents a broad survey of tropical fruit production and usage. It begins with an outline of tropical climates, tropical soils, and general principles of cultivation and postharvest handling. It then devotes separate chapters to each of the important fruits, which include annonas, avocado, bananas, litchi, mango, papaya, and pineapple; each chapter covers botany, origin and distribution, ecology, genetics and cultivar development, culturing practices, pests and diseases, harvest and postharvest handling, and utilization of the fruit.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Pub. Date: July 1998 ISBN-13: 9780851992549 445pp Series: Crop Production Science in Horticulture Series Edition Number: 1

Price: $85.00
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Vegetable Brassicas and Related Crucifers
by Geoffrey R. Dixon, M. H. Dickson

The Brassica crops provide the greatest diversity of products derived from a single genus. As vegetables they deliver leaves, flowers, stems and roots that are used either fresh or in processed forms. This book covers the Occidental crops derived from B. oleracea (cole or cabbage group) and Oriental types from B. rapa (Chinese cabbage and its relatives). Both groups are of immense importance for human nutrition, containing vital vitamins and cancer preventing substances.

Publisher: CABI Pub. Date: March 2007 ISBN-13: 9780851993959 327pp Series: Crop Production Science in Horticulture Series

Price: $75.00
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Watersheds, Groundwater and Drinking Water
Author: Thomas Harter, Larry Rollins

This guide will help resource managers, planners, and other decision makers better understand and assess water supplies and to define and manage protection areas for water sources. Developed for those who are interested in water resources, it can easily be used as text material for educational short courses.

The chapters in Part 1 cover such fundamentals as watershed hydrology, groundwater hydrology, water quality, and water contamination. Chapters in Part 2 describe tools and background information that are helpful when assessing and protecting individual water sources.

While written with the water source needs of Californians in mind, much of the basic information in the guide is applicable to other states as well.

Includes 104 figures, 36 tables, and an English-Metric Conversion appendix.


•Surface Water Hydrology and Watersheds
•Groundwater Hydrology and Wells
•Legal Control of California’s Water Resources
•Surface Water Quality
•Groundwater Contaminants and Sources
•Transport and Fate of Contaminants in Surface Water
•Transport and Fate of Contaminates in Groundwater
•Water Sampling and Monitoring
•Delineating Watersheds, Surface Water Source Areas, and Protection Zones
•Delineating Groundwater Recharge Areas and Wellhead Protection Zones
•Assessing Vulnerability of Groundwater
•Compiling an Inventory of Possible Contaminating Activities
•Protecting Water Sources
•Protecting California’s Drinking Water: Past, Present, and Future

Publication Number: 3497 Inventory Type: Paperback Language: English ISBN-13: 978-1-879906-81-5 Copyright Date: 2008 Length: 274 pp

Price: $40.00
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Weed Ecology in Natural and Agricultural Systems
by C. J. Swanton, Barbara D. Booth, Stephen D. D. Murphy

Ecology is central to our understanding of how and why weeds invade and yet there are few books that link introductory weed science texts with more advanced ecology books. This textbook introduces ecological principles to students interested in weed science and weed management and includes examples from the weed and invasive species literature to illustrate the ecological principles discussed. It is suitable reading for final year undergraduates and graduates.

Publisher: CABI Pub. Date: May 2003 ISBN-13: 9780851995281 320pp

Price: $70.00
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World Vegetables: Principles, Production and Nutritive Value
Rubatzky, Vincent E.

Completely revised and updated, this wide-ranging, comprehensive treatise examines the many different aspects of vegetables from an international perspective. This logically organized text, filled with numerous illustrations, photographs, and tables, begins with and easy-to-read introduction to such topics as: the current role of vegetables as a world food crop, the origin and classification of vegetables, vegetables in human nutrition, and plant toxicants and folklore concerning vegetables. Background material on the basic principles for growing crops and production under adverse conditions are also featured in this section. Much of the material covered in the book focuses on the major and minor vegetables, their origin, taxonomy, botany, physiology, production and post harvest handling, and composition and use. In addition, current world production statistics are provided for many vegetable crops as well as listings of important diseases, insects, and other pest for many family groups. New features of this edition include: Three new chapters covering mushrooms, aquatic vegetables, and herbs and spices, several appendix tables listing vegetables according to family, genus, species, nutritive value, and recommended storage conditions for many vegetables . The introductory chapter offers an excellent background of the role of vegetables for the beginning and advanced students, both in the U.S. and worldwide. The chapters following provide extension professionals, professors, agricultural agencies, commercial growers, and processing and seed industry personnel with a better understanding of individual vegetable species.

Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC Pub. Date: January 1999 ISBN-13: 9780834216877 704pp Edition Description: REV Edition Number: 2

Price: $175.00
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