aronq@stanworth.netI was farm raised in Northern Montana working on dryland small grains and summer fallowing. I fell in love with soil science, the Desert Southwest and a midwest Girl (in that order). I now have an agronomic lab and consult on nutrient and water management on crops from Alfalfa to Zucchini.

Cutting Trends in Desert Alfalfa to achieve 10 tons/ac.

Are your fields producing 10 tons/ac per year of alfalfa hay?    If not, the cutting data above may give you an hint as to why. Many years of research here in the Palo Verde Valley, California on good producing […]

Responses of Alfalfa Production and Quality to Water run applications of Micro-organisms.

Below is an excerpt from Stanworth Crop Consultants Inc Research Introduction: Questions regarding soil health in the SW deserts of the United States have been posed. Indigenous populations of micro-organisms may not be as effective in decomposition of organic matter or […]

John Shenk Passes

Below is a well written email post, it is published without permission. Dear NIRS Consortium members, friends, and associates: It is with the deepest regret that I must tell you that Dr. John S. Shenk passed away this afternoon, Thursday, […]

Estimating Hay Yields on Research Trials

Estimating yields on alfalfa or other hay crops can be challenging. Hay harvesting in the desert SW United States involves a period of curing and baling on dew moisture. Raking and Baling may occur at 3 am in the morning. […]

Real Time Soil Moisture Reports

Recently new IT products allow traditional soil moisture meters to update to the internet to give reports in “real time”. The report to the right is an example of how soil moisture is depleted from the rootzone of an established […]

Decagon Logger Measures Rain Event

As the old Arab saying goes “All sunshine makes a desert”, so it is that I post a recent rain event here in our valley. We received 2.28 inches of rain Tuesday morning. This event was recorded by our Decagon […]

First Impression Sauce

Have you ever noticed how sometimes, the first time you use a product the success is immediate and conspicuous? A while ago, I opened a box that contained a new bar of soap and took a shower. Right away I […]


Michael Mullion had an excellent idea. Why don’t you blog while you are on your trip to Saudi Arabia. Well, I am not long winded or fluent with words. But I am having a pint of London’s Pride at the […]

Irrigation Management- Nitrogen Efficiency

As I am reviewing last seasons Wheat agronomic reports one fact keep appearing. Good irrigation management pays in savings on nitrogen applications. Part of our service is to review the previous seasons agronomic reports with growers. But this year, the […]


Each year I come into contact with local growers that are led to believe that water run applications of anhydrous ammonia hardens the soil. They are concerned that applying this form will lead to losses in soil quality and crop […]