Techniques developed at HREC for managing North Coast rangelands by the introduction of subterranean clover and fertilization with essential nutrients have significantly increased forage productivity and quality. Other research has included plant response to grazing, fire, and other management strategies. The role of native hardwoods, especially oaks, received increased attention beginning in the 1980s, with emphasis on sustainable management of valley oak and blue oak stands. Plantings of wine grapes and pears provided opportunities for closely monitored variety trials, studies of plant productivity, and development of strategies for controlling insect pests and plant diseases.
Examples of previous research projects conducted at the Center are organized by themes under the 6 tabs on the left.
The following publications provide a good look at research conducted at Hopland over the past 60+ years:
California Agriculture - 50th Anniversary Issue of the Hopland R & E Center, 2001, Vol. 55 (6)