- Author: Andre S Biscaro
- Author: Steve Orloff
Within-field yield variability is often observed by growers while managing and harvesting their fields, however, it is difficult to determine the boundaries and magnitude of such variability. Identifying and understanding the causes of yield spatial variability can be extremely useful for improved crop and soil management and consequently maximizing production efficiency. Yield monitoring technology was developed approximately 20 years ago in Europe and in the Midwestern US with the objective of mapping yield variability of grain and soybean crops using mass-flow sensors and GPS installed on combines. In addition to grain crops, different concepts of yield monitoring technology have evolved over time for crops like sugar cane, coffee,...
- Author: Daniel H Putnam
For those of you who are tired of the never-ending fiscal cliff debacle and other (more disturbing) news - here's something to lighten your day for the Holiday season.
A video posted by Kansas farming brothers on the value of agriculture in producing food is hilarious but also a little more than a wee-bit informative. But mostly fun.
Set to the world-wide internet hit 'gangnam style' (which I thought meant something like 'horsey style', but really refers to a place in Seoul, Korea), this shows the passions of the younger generation for their chosen profession. Among the lyrics:
"We love agriculture, and we want the world to know it.”
- Author: Michelle Leinfelder-Miles
The 2012 Alfalfa and Grains Symposium took place last week, with the first day of the Symposium being a field tour of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta region. Approximately 150 Symposium attendants boarded buses for the day-long tour, comprised of four stops in the San Joaquin County region of the Delta. The Delta spans 738,000 acres over five counties – San Joaquin, Sacramento, Yolo, Solano, and Contra Costa – with 43% of the Delta being in San Joaquin County (SJC Agricultural Commissioner's Office, 2011).
The Delta is one of the most contentious regions of California because its infrastructure is pivotal to water conveyance throughout the state. Approximately half of the state’s annual runoff navigates...
- Author: Daniel H Putnam
THE WORLD AG EXPO FORAGE CHALLENGE deadline has been extended until December 19, 2012. Hurry to get your samples in right away!
There are $18,000 worth of prizes for the winners, and it's a point of pride for farmers to show their skill in the art and science of haymaking and silage production. Growers submit samples that will be up against all other growers in the Western States. These are analyzed blindly by Cumberland Valley Analytical Services in Maryland, the data managed by University of California forage experts and judged by independent nutritionists. There are three categories: alfalfa hay, conventional corn silage, and BMR corn...
- Author: Shannon C. Mueller
The 2012 Alfalfa & Grains Symposium was a tremendous success. There were over 450 people in attendance, great speakers and a variety of exhibitors showcasing the latest in alfalfa and grains seed, production supplies and equipment.
If you missed the conference, all presentations were recorded and will soon be available on the alfalfa website (http://alfalfa.ucdavis.edu).
Make plans to attend the symposium in December 2013! It is sure to be chock full of valuable information.