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- Author: Rachael Freeman Long
- Author: Michelle Leinfelder-Miles
- Author: Sarah LIght
- Author: Dan Putnam
A new study that outlines costs and returns of establishing and producing organic alfalfa hay has been released by UC Cooperative Extension, the UC Agricultural Issues Center and the UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
High-quality organic alfalfa hay is an important ingredient in milk-cow feed rations for organic dairies. Organic dairy farms are required to use organic feed and allow cows to graze for part of their forage. Organic alfalfa hay comprises another major source of forage for the industry.
In 2019, organic dairy farms in California produced about 900 million pounds of milk — just over 2% of California milk output production, according to co-author Daniel Sumner, director of the...
- Author: Daniel H Putnam
Please join us on May 12th from 1PM - 4:30PM for the
2021 UC Small Grains/Alfalfa-Forages Virtual Field Day!
Great opportunity to learn about alfalfa weed control, insect control, alfalfa varieties, and how to cope with the evolving 2021 drought! PCA and CCA credits offered.
UC Davis has held a field day on campus for at least 40 years, and this year we will hold a 'virtual field day' featuring small grains and alfalfa research.
PCA and CCA credits offered.
Learn about UC research and extension activities related to water,...
- Author: Konrad Mathesius
- Author: Gabriele Maier
- Author: Josh Davy
- Editor: Mark Lundy
Looking a little dry out there?
Dry conditions mean it's good to be cautious about nitrate toxicity in forage crops, particularly small grain hay, grasses, and anything weedy! Nitrates can harm or even kill animals. Growers should test forages and stay vigilant.
Why are dry years more of a concern for nitrate toxicity? Drought conditions in California this year are the worst they've been in decades. Many growers are considering cutting their grain fields for hay, however, that may cause some concerns for ruminant livestock if forage nitrate (NO3) levels are not monitored closely since drought stress can cause nitrate accumulation in forage plants.
- Author: Daniel H Putnam
- Author: Rachael Long
Gophers, ground squirrels, and meadow voles are among the most important pests in California alfalfa fields.
Training in vertebrate pest management and control is being held, starting tomorrow for the next few days in virtual webinars.
Sign up now for Virtual Vertebrate Pest Council Webinars coming in the next few days.
Pocket Gopher in an alfalfa field.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021-