- Author: Rachael Freeman Long
As if the drought were not enough to reduce forage yields this year, some Sacramento Valley oat hay growers have been hit with a bad case of Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus (BYD) disease this spring, causing poor appearance and low yields.
Symptoms of BYD include reddening of the leaves, stunting of plants, and irregular and small or blank seed heads. The virus is only transmitted by aphids, which acquire the virus from wild grasses. The presence of the virus does not affect the feeding quality of the forage.
Controlling the aphids to prevent infection is possible, but not generally effective or cost efficient. Early planting favors aphid movement into fields, so later plantings (around 15 November in the Yolo County area) to...
Water and Pest Management will be the focus of a field day be held April 16th at the UC Desert Research and Extension Center in Holtville, CA in the Imperial Valley. 7 a.m. through Noon. Includes Lunch (sponsored by mOasis). Come learn about water issues with alfalfa, pest management, and a range of crops from sugarbeet to king grass.
APPROVED CEU's: Certified Crop Adviser (CA 53247 – 4hrs.), CA CEU (M-0663-15 – 1hr.) &
AZ CEU (EXC-318-15A – 1hr.)
Here are the topics to be covered:
Alfalfa and Water...
- Author: Daniel H Putnam
You can sit back in your easy chair today, and get the latest information on alfalfa, grains and forages from the comfort of your porch or living room.
The entire 2014 California Alfalfa, Grains and Forage Symposium videos, proceedings and Powerpoints are now live on-line at: http://alfalfa.ucdavis.edu/+symposium/2014/index.aspx
Missed the symposium because you got married in December? Attended the symposium but got called away to the hallway to make that $1 million deal? No problem.
Catch up today by viewing the entire conference on-line. It's almost like being there! Here are some...
- Author: Michelle Leinfelder-Miles
UC Cooperative Extension will host a Field Crops meeting this Friday, January 9th from 8:30am to 12:00pm. The meeting location is the Cabral Agricultural Center in Stockton (2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA 95206). The agenda is as follows:
8:30am Doors open, sign-in, light refreshments, and distribute handouts
8:45am Welcome, Introduction, and Survey: Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE, San Joaquin/Delta Counties
9:00am Seed Treatments for Wireworm Control in Field Corn: Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE, San Joaquin/Delta Counties
9:20am In-Field Diagnostic Tools for Adaptive N Management in Wheat: Mark Lundy, UCCE,...
- Author: Shannon C. Mueller
I copied this article from our local Farm Bureau News. It was written by Sgt. Ryan Hushaw, Fresno Sheriff's Ag Task Force. Although the references are for Fresno County, the tips are relevant everywhere so I thought I'd share.
Within the last month, we have seen an increase in the theft of hay in western and southern Fresno County. Unfortunately, when the price of feed rises, so do thefts of hay.
Although the typical hay thief does not steal large quantities, we often see anywhere from 20 to 30 bales of hay being stolen at a time. This can obviously add up for the grower over time. It is not uncommon for hay thieves to fill up an entire truck bed or flat-bed trailer...