- Author: Cheryl Reynolds
The CA Alfalfa Symposium is scheduled for late November and offers an excellent opportunity to earn continuing education (CE) hours for DPR licenses and certificates. Visit https://alfalfa.ucdavis.edu/# for details about this event. If you aren't able to attend the symposium, or if you've really waited until the last minute to earn the required CE hours, the UC Statewide IPM Program offers additional opportunities as described below.
Learn about opportunities to receive continuing education hours from UC IPM. November is fast approaching and before you know it, we'll be wrapped up in the busy holiday...
- 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,...