- Author: Stephanie Parreira, UC Statewide IPM Program
Bees are the most important pollinators of California agriculture—helping us grow field crops, fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Honey bees receive most of the credit for crop pollination, but many other kinds of bees play an important role as well. There are 1600 species of bees in California! Take time during Pollinator Week to learn about the different kinds of bees and what you can do to help them flourish.
Why should I care about other kinds of bees?
Bees other than honey bees contribute significantly to crop pollination. For example, alfalfa pollination by alfalfa leafcutter bees is worth $7 billion per year in the United States. Other bees can also boost the result of honey bee...
- Author: Kathy Keatley Garvey
DAVIS--A memorial for UC Cooperative Extension entomologist Larry Godfrey, a 26-year member of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology faculty, is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 7 in the Putah Creek Lodge, located off Garrod Drive, UC Davis campus.
Coordinating the memorial are his long time friends and colleagues, Extension entomologist Frank Zalom, distinguished professor of entomology, and entomology project consultant Vonny Barlow, both of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. Barlow, the third graduate student in the Godfrey lab (1997) and who holds a doctorate (2006) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and...
Balmy afternoon at 74 degrees, mild breeze - what better day for a hay ride to learn about alfalfa & forage crops.
Participants, 2017 Grains/Alfalfa Field Day, May 11, 2017.
We had a great crowd at the UC Davis Alfalfa Field Day on May 11, 2017.
About 60-70 Participants from the program heard about alfalfa varieties, pest and disease management, irrigation, toxic weeds, reduced lignin alfalfa, and new crops. Here are many of the talks featured at the field day:
- CAFA: Update on California Alfalfa & Forage Association (Jane Townsend, CAFA)
- Pest Management: Near Loss of...
Newly-revised Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Guidelines for alfalfa have been published and now available on-line with new sections, videos, and decision support tools. These cover all areas of pest management including
- Cultural practices
An overview of all the guidelines can be seen at: UC IPM Alfalfa Pest Management Guidelines.
ID that Leaf Spot!! While the fear of drought may be washed away for the season, waterlogged soils may...
- Author: Rachael Freeman Long
Why do my alfalfa leaves look spotty??
Common leaf spot (Pseudopeziza medicaginis) has been very common in some alfalfa fields this spring due to our wet weather! Symptoms include small circular, brown-to-black spots on the leaves. As the disease progresses, infected leaves turn yellow and drop. Although the disease does not kill plants, defoliation reduces plant vigor, hay quality, and yield, especially with leaf loss during drying and harvesting.
Common Leaf Spot (Pseudopeziza medicaginis) in alfalfa - symptoms are small (.12 inch) circular brown/black spots on leaves, leaves turn yellow and drop. Brown fruiting bodies (apothecia) can be seen within the spots with a hand...