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label reading caption National Poison Prevention Week—March 19-25, 2017
Posted 3/23/2017 - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), poisoning is the number one cause of injury-related death in the United States, and 1073 people in California were poisoned by pesticides in 2014 alone. Each year since 1962, National...

Hay Stacked for Export - Long Beach, CA GROWTH IN SAUDI HAY DEMAND LIKELY TO HAVE WORLD-WIDE IMPACTS - and illustrates the global nature of water limitations.
Posted 3/7/2017 - As if one more example of our interconnected world was needed -  the depletion of an aquifer 8,000 miles away is likely to impact on alfalfa growers in Seeley, CA or Pasco, Washington.  Figure 1.  Compressed hay awaiting export, Long...

Fiddleneck, Amsinckia spp., S. Orloff Watch out for fiddleneck and groundsel in livestock feed
Posted 3/7/2017 - Fiddleneck is everywhere this year, and common groundsel is common too! As winter annuals, these weeds are early-season plants.  They tend to be shallow rooted, and do best in wet conditions like we've been having with all our rainfall this...

Yellow Starthistle National Invasive Species Awareness Week: February 27 – March 3, 2017
Posted 3/3/2017 - Invasive species are plants, animals, fungi or microbes that are not native to an area, but can quickly establish, multiply, and become pests. These species can hurt the environment, agricultural production, and even human health in some instances (e.g....

Figure 1. Earthworm cocoons under the dissecting microscope. From the field: Slow spring growth and what is (or is not) causing the problem
Posted 3/2/2017 - A consultant recently brought in some alfalfa plants to get another opinion on why growth was resuming slowly this spring. The field is located in Merced County and is a sandy loam soil. The field is in its fifth year,...

Alfalfa Salinity References:

Salinity Management in Alfalfa Fields

South Delta Leaching Fractions Project Report Update


Alfalfa and Forage References:

Variety Trial Results

Alfalfa Fertilization

Co-existence of RR and Conventional Alfalfa Hay Fields


Agronomy RIC

Visit the UC Agronomy Research and Information Center (RIC) for more information on alfalfa and other agronomic crops.


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