- Author: Rachael Freeman Long
Several new University of California forage oat varieties have been developed by Dr. Cal Qualset, Small Grains program, UC Davis recently. These are generally grown together in hay mixtures (e.g. a mix of oats, barley, and wheat), or as a sole-crop.
It's important for farmers to take advantage of breeder's efforts to improve crop varieties, since it takes many years to develop improvements.
These new oat varieties show better disease resistance and grain and forage yields than the standard California Red and Montezuma varieties. New lines include UC 113, UC 128, and UC 148 (available from Baglietto Seeds) and UC 125 and UC 132 (available from Barkley Seed/Lockwood Seed).
Sorghum is grown in California as a high yielding, drought resistant, low input forage and grain crop.
However, it's been bugged lately.
Last month, a sorghum field in Yolo County and fields throughout the Central Valley were infested with sugarcane aphid. This infestation came in relatively late in the Sacramento Valley.
The sugarcane aphid has a characteristic combination of black marks on its legs and antennae, plus black cornicles. (Photo Ian Grettenberger, left, Texas A&M, right)
This insect infestation isn't as severe as three years ago, when this pest burst with a vengeance upon California sorghum fields, having first troubled plantings in Texas and Oklahoma, where large...
- Author: Daniel H Putnam
- Author: Jerry Cherney
As comedian Rodney Dangerfield used to say: “I don't get no respect”!
Forgive the double negative, but farmers and supporters of our lowly alfalfa and grass crops seem like they have the same complaint.
Consider a few basic facts:
- Hay (especially alfalfa) is the third highest crop in economic return to farmers in the USA, behind only corn and soybean, worth $18-22 billion/year over the past 5 years (greater than wheat, cotton, rice, etc.)
- Over 2/3 of all agricultural land in the US is grassland with an economic value of $44 billion/year (2008, Sanderson et al., 2012).
- Author: Nicholas Clark
The agenda for the annual Kearney Alfalfa and Forage Field Day is set.
Where: Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center; 9240 S. Riverbend Ave.; Parlier, CA 93648
When: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 @ 7:30 AM - 12:15 PM
What: A half day of field tours, hands on demonstrations, and classroom presentations from UC Farm Advisors and Specialists as well as industry professionals. Refreshments and lunch are provided.
1.5 "Other" DPR units have been applied for. 0.5 NM, 1.0 SWM, 1.5 IPM,...
The old saying, “Everything's fine until it's not,” comes to mind when dealing with some tough to control perennial weeds in alfalfa production during the summertime. Such was the case for an alfalfa field in the Sacramento Valley, where weed control seemed good up until mid-summer, and then it wasn't. Perennial weeds that started off small and overlooked, grew through the season, persisting through multiple cuttings, including curly dock, plantain, and nutsedge. For tough to control weeds in alfalfa fields, one needs to determine: 1) What types of perennial weeds are present, and 2) How many of them are there, to make a decision on how to manage them. These sorts of weed issues can creep up quickly in older alfalfa...