- Author: Mark Lundy
A survey of California growers, certified crop advisors (CCA), pest control advisors (PCA), and input suppliers was conducted online between January and May of 2017 via a link sent out on the University of California Small Grains Blog (http://ucanr.edu/blogs/smallgrains/). Notifications about the survey were sent to the UC Grains listserv and the California Wheat Commission electronic mailing list. The objective of the survey was to gain a better understanding of the current status of small grain production in California and seek input to guide research and extension efforts related to small grain production at the University of California.
A total of 49 surveys were completed. The results presented here represent the responses of the 38 of 49 surveys that were completed by individuals who self-identified as growers, CCAs, PCAs and input suppliers (or identified in more than one of these categories). The survey had questions related to the participants' location and role within the California small grain industry, their crop mix, seed and variety selection, irrigation and nitrogen management, and value of UC research.
Notable results include: 1) the relative importance of wheat among small grain species both for grain and forage production (p. 4); 2) the value of UC research among the survey participants (p. 7-8); and 3) the contrast in nitrogen management among lower and higher rainfall regions within California (p. 14-15).
The survey results can be downloaded here and found at the UC Small Grains Blog: http://ucanr.edu/blogs/smallgrains/blogfiles/45275.pdf
We intend to repeat a version of this survey annually to track changes and progress as well as stay attuned to the practical concerns of the industry. We appreciate the participation in the 2017 survey!
ALSO, in case you missed it, the California Wheat Commission published their 2017 California Wheat Variety Survey in May. It can be found here: