- 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...
An online course highlighting how pesticide resistance develops among pests is now available on the UC IPM web site. Created primarily for pest control advisors and other licensed pesticide applicators, this course describes the mechanisms of resistance in pathogens, insects, and weeds and discusses ways to manage resistance within the different disciplines.
The online course is divided into three narrated presentations followed by a final test for each section. This course has been approved for 2 continuing education units in the “Other” category from the Department of Pesticide Regulation.
This course is based on a series of workshops held in Davis, Fresno, and at the Kearney Agricultural Research and...
The University of California Division of Agricultural & Natural Resources will be holding the California Alfalfa & Grains Symposium this year in Long Beach CA on December 10-12, 2014.
- Listen to expert speakers.
- Visit with your colleagues at the evening receptions.
- Stop by the exhibit area to see the latest on alfalfa and forage products and services.
- Receive Symposium Proceedings
California grows over 3 million acres of alfalfa and other forage crops. The Symposium will be a comprehensive meeting to focus on critical issues related to alfalfa and forage crops, particularly global issues, economics, and practical 'how to' talks on crop production techniques.
The blue alfalfa aphid, Acyrthosiphon kondoi Shinji was first identified by entomologists in the spring of 1975 in the Imperial Valley of California. Since then it has become widespread throughout the state and has become established in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and as far east as Kansas and Oklahoma. Both adults and nymphs feed on photosynthetic fluids from the leaves and stems of the alfalfa plant. Low to moderate populations of blue alfalfa aphid may cause little to no visible yellowing of plants. Blue alfalfa aphid feed in the new growth, at the tips and young leaves. After prolonged feeding, leaves will eventually turn yellow, starting at the veins, leaves will curl and wilt, and turn necrotic...
- Author: Daniel H Putnam
Hang onto your hats - A decision by USDA yesterday paves the way for commercialization of the second genetically-engineered (GE) trait in alfalfa in 2015 – one with a quality feature.
Reduced Lignin in alfalfa may improve milk production per ton, and potentially allow growers to harvest later, increasing yields.
The USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has declared a “FONSI” – finding of no significant impact for the KK179 trait in alfalfa, which confers reduced lignin levels in the plant, effective 10 November, 2014.
This formally deregulates the low lignin GE...