Dog gone it's hot!
This is expected in our Central Valley at this time of year, but when heat waves hit, it's important to be prepared with good irrigation management practices in alfalfa hay production.
Can alfalfa tolerate extreme heat? The short answer is ‘yes'. Alfalfa is originally from the Middle Eastern regions of Turkey, Iran, and Central Asia, so it is well adapted to hot, dry conditions. It's also routinely grown in the hot deserts of Arizona, Southern California and Mexico.
Managing Water. It is especially important that the crop has access to water during hot periods. In the absence of water, the crop will dry down and go...
- Author: Kathy Keatley Garvey
DAVIS--A memorial for UC Cooperative Extension entomologist Larry Godfrey, a 26-year member of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology faculty, is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 7 in the Putah Creek Lodge, located off Garrod Drive, UC Davis campus.
Coordinating the memorial are his long time friends and colleagues, Extension entomologist Frank Zalom, distinguished professor of entomology, and entomology project consultant Vonny Barlow, both of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. Barlow, the third graduate student in the Godfrey lab (1997) and who holds a doctorate (2006) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and...
- Author: Rachael Freeman Long
Why do my alfalfa leaves look spotty??
Common leaf spot (Pseudopeziza medicaginis) has been very common in some alfalfa fields this spring due to our wet weather! Symptoms include small circular, brown-to-black spots on the leaves. As the disease progresses, infected leaves turn yellow and drop. Although the disease does not kill plants, defoliation reduces plant vigor, hay quality, and yield, especially with leaf loss during drying and harvesting.
Common Leaf Spot (Pseudopeziza medicaginis) in alfalfa - symptoms are small (.12 inch) circular brown/black spots on leaves, leaves turn yellow and drop. Brown fruiting bodies (apothecia) can be seen within the spots with a hand...
The annual UC Davis Small Grains and Alfalfa Field Day will take place on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Agronomy Field Headquarters (2400 Hutchison Drive, Davis, CA 95616). Registration opens at 7:45am, and lunch is provided between the small grains morning program and alfalfa afternoon program. The event is free and open to the public, and continuing education credits will be available. Directions are as follows:
The field day is located on Hutchison Drive, just west of Davis. Take the Hwy. 113 exit north from I-80, or Hwy. 113 south from Woodland. Exit west on Hutchison Drive. Take a right at the first roundabout, a left at the second roundabout, and the Agronomy Headquarters is about ¼ mile down in a...
- Author: Kathy Keatley Garvey
UC Cooperative Extension entomologist Larry Godfrey, a 26-year member of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology faculty and widely known for his research on applied insect ecology and integrated pest management (IPM) strategies, died April 18, succumbing to cancer. He was 60.
Dr. Godfrey was internationally acclaimed for his research on rice and cotton. He was heavily involved in developing IPM to maintain the sustainability of California agriculture, seeking “to reduce the ‘footprint' of agriculture on the environment and society, and to advance the science of entomology and applied insect ecology.”
At UC Davis, he...