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Tulelake research station benefits farmers in two states

<p>UCANR Vice President Barbara Allen Diaz looks at diseased potato roots during a field day at the Intermountain Research and Extension Center in Tulelake, Calif.</p>

Research assisting smaller farms in a growing region that straddles where California and Oregon meet has been ongoing in Tulelake, Calif. since shortly after World War II.

In 1947 a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the Tulelake Growers Association and University of California first established an 11-acre demonstration farm in the tiny northeastern California community.

Today that farm spans 140 acres of rich, reclaimed lake-bottom soil in a geologically volcanic region of the western United States.

The Intermountain Research and Extension Center at Tulelake combined this year’s annual field day with a centennial event that the University of California Cooperative Extension is holding in various locations throughout the state.

Sitting in a large, volcanic basin at slightly over 4,000 feet elevation, the research station conducts vegetable and field crop trials on a number of crops grown in the region, including peppermint, horseradish, small grains, wheat, potatoes, alfalfa and onions.

In part to commemorate the university’s centennial of cooperative extension work with farmers, this summer’s field day included visits by prominent University of California Ag and Natural Resource officials, including UCANR Vice President Barbara Allen Diaz and several other high-ranking UCANR officials.

Highlighted among the trials at this year’s field day included links between agriculture and water quality done in the Klamath Basin, alfalfa trials, work to support White Rot disease in onions, small grains work and potato trials.

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