Part of my role as a University of California Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor is extending knowledge to my clientele and the public at large. One tool for accomplishing this task is the bi-annual publication of a the Agronomy and Weed Science Newsletter. The Spring 2019 edition is currently available (PDF attached at the bottom of the page).
In this issue:
- Research update
- The value of agronomic crops in California
- 2019 needs assessment survey
- Nematodes and cover crops
- Upcoming meetings
To access a PDF copy of the previous issue, please see this web page:
The foundation of an effective extension program is an understanding of needs. Although I have worked in California, previously (2012-2017), as a weed scientist with the University of California – Davis, most of my time was spent in specialty crop systems (trees and vines, processing tomatoes, and melons). Consequently, I entered my current position as an Agronomy and Weed Science Advisor less familiar with the concerns and requirements of the agronomic crop industry. Although I expect that issues such as the water availability and quality, soil health, varietal improvement, and effective pest management practices are of significant interest to my clientele, I engaged in a needs assessment to define and rank the expressed...
1. 2019 California Plant and Soil Conference
February 5-6, 2019
DoubleTree Hotel & Fresno Convention Center
2233 Ventura Street, Fresno, CA 93721
Tel: 559-268-1000. http://calasa.ucdavis.edu
CA-ASA Conference Registration Fees
Early registration fees through Monday, January 29th:
- Full (both days) professional:...
2018 Alfalfa and Forage Field Day
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center
9240 S. Riverbend Ave., Parlier, CA 93648
7:30 AM Registration
8:00 AM TRAM LEAVES FOR FIELD TOUR
Alfalfa Varieties for Pest and Disease Management – Shannon Mueller, Agronomy Advisor and County Director, UCCE Fresno
Low-Lignin Alfalfa Testing – Daniel Putnam, CE Agronomy & Forage Specialist, UC Davis
Sorghum Drought Stress – Jeffery Dahlberg, KAREC Director and Bob Hutmacher, WSREC Director & CE...
Cotton lint stickiness is a significant problem, worldwide. It is also an issue here in California, and a major focus of attention for cotton growers and ginners in the state. Sticky cotton loads can physically slow down the processing speeds of gins, even to the point of shut down. Stickiness may necessitate the special handling of contaminated bales, which can result in increased costs. The milling process can also be affected by stickiness, as work stoppages may be required to clean combs and rollers. Millers may choose to blend sticky fibers with clean ones as a way to mitigate the situation or they may elect to engage with different cotton merchants altogether in order to avoid persistent problems.
While free plant sugars...