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Research Project: COMET-Farm Specialty Crops

Location: Crops Pathology and Genetics Research

Project Number: 2032-21220-006-28-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Feb 5, 2015
End Date: Feb 4, 2019

Objective:
1) Incorporate the following California specialty crops into COMET-Farm, per CDFA’s initiative on Fertilization Guidelines for Major Crops Grown in California: a. Almonds b. Strawberries c. Walnuts d. Pistachios e. Processing tomatoes f. Grapes g. Lettuce h. Cole crops (broccoli, cauliflower, related crops) 2) Improve the DayCent parameters for cotton

Approach:
The overall intent of this project is to expand the COMET-Farm tool to account for greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration in California Specialty Crops so that a mechanism exists for specialty crops to engage in the State’s carbon market. It will also allow producers to determine how they can utilize mitigation practices within their production system. USDA-ARS will employ an assessment approach with technical experts, producers and cooperative extension to identify best practices and data available to support development of the COMET-Farm in partnership with Colorado State University at Fort Collins. We will work collaboratively to curate existing data and provide research assistance per GRACEnet standards in support of this effort. USDA-ARS will compile and summarize the study data repositories, summarize knowledge gaps, advise on the final report.