Michelle Leinfelder-Miles

Michelle Leinfelder-Miles

Position Title
(Agronomy, Water Quality)
Farm Advisor

  • Central Valley South
Cooperative Extension San Joaquin County, 2101 East Earhart Avenue, Suite 200, Stockton CA 95206

Michelle is the Delta Crops Resource Management Advisor serving San Joaquin, Sacramento, Yolo, Solano, and Contra Costa counties. Her educational background includes a B.S. in Crop Science and Management from U.C. Davis, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Horticulture from Cornell University. At Cornell, her research focused on soil management in apple orchards. Michelle has also done research in Spain, Chile, and New Zealand studying olives, wine grapes, and kiwifruit, respectively. In her role as Delta farm advisor, she conducts a research and extension program that addresses agronomic crop production and water and soil resource management. Specific interests include variety evaluations in grain corn, small grains, and rice; cover cropping and soil health; and soil salinity management in Delta cropping systems.

Specialty: Crop Production, Soil and Water Resources, the Delta

Areas of Expertise

Education and Degree(s)
  • Ph.D. Horticulture, Cornell University. 2010
  • M.S. Horticulture, Cornell University. 2005
  • B.S. Crop Science and Management, University of California, Davis. 2001
  • Kanter, J., N. Clark, M.E. Lundy, V. Koundinya, M. Leinfelder-Miles, R. Long, S. Light, W. Brim-DeForest, B. Linquist, D. Putnam, R.B. Hutmacher, and C. Pittelkow (2021). "Top management challenges and concerns for agronomic crop production in California: Identifying critical issues for extension through needs assessment." Agronomy Journal
  • Becker, T., T. Nelsen, M. Leinfelder-Miles, and M. Lundy (2020). "Differentiating between nitrogen and water deficiency in irrigated maize using a UAV-based multi-spectral camera." Agronomy 10: 1671-1692.
  • Durand, J.R.; Bombardelli, F.; Fleenor, W.E.; Henneberry, Y.; Herman, J.; Jeffres, C.; Leinfelder–Miles, M.; Lund, J.R.; Lusardi, R.; Manfree, A.D.; Medellin–Azuara, J.; Milligan, B.; Moyle, P.B. (2020). "Drought and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, 2012-2016: environmental review and lessons lessons." San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Sciences 18(2
Membership and Service
  • Alfalfa and Forage Systems - Member
  • Rice - Member
  • Small Grain - Member
  • Weed - Member